Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has admitted that draws in his side's last three games have slowed the progress of the Eastlands club.
The Citizens have been held by Aston Villa, Wigan Athletic and Fulham, although Hughes is still content with his team's record overall this season.
He said:"What we are looking for is a consistent run of results and one defeat in nine, I would suggest, is consistent form.
"We have drawn the last three and that has just taken the edge off our progress, but I think you have to view the first part of the season as a whole – we are delighted with the start that we have made.
"We are in good shape, in a decent position and there is more to come from us. We know that.
"Is our glass half full or half empty? I would say half full. We are the only side that's only been beaten once in the Premier League. That is something to look back on.
"People are looking at the goals we've conceded in recent games and questioning our defensive capability.
"But if you look overall, there is only Chelsea who have conceded fewer than us in the top six. And Chelsea are the only team with more clean sheets than us.
"If you look through all the stats, then maybe in terms of defending we are not as bad as we are being painted."