Milos Dimitrijevic can't measure how far Sydney FC are off their best - he just knows they're still getting there.
Despite six clean sheets and only two losses in the A-League - including Friday's controversial 2-1 defeat to Adelaide - the Sky Blues have struggled to find a rhythm in the front third this season.
Coach Graham Arnold has warned his new attacking line-up featuring imports Milos Ninkovic and Filip Holosko will take until at least Christmas to click.
But Dimitrijevic was part of Sydney's grand final run last campaign when prolific Austrian striker Marc Janko netted a league-high 16 goals.
And with only 10 team goals from 10 games so far - one of the lowest in the A-League - the Serbian midfielder wants to start putting more away.
"Our problem is we are not consistent," he said.
"Sometimes we play good and we find all these combinations, but sometimes it's a bit difficult.
"I need also to step up and try to help the team to play better.
"Last year everything worked very good. This year we also have a very good team with very good players.
"We have to be consistent and try to play every game like the one against Newcastle where we won at home. That was good."
Dimitrijevic could feel the combinations start to gel in the rare home win over the Jets two rounds ago, where captain Alex Brosque scored the only goal but a slew of very good chances were created.
Any sense of flow was disrupted in Adelaide last Friday when Sydney went down to 10 men within 30 minutes, after young defender Alex Gersbach was given his marching orders.
There was confidence to be taken from their resilience that held United out right up until a controversial last-minute penalty and Marcelo Carrusca's ensuing 2-1 winner.
However it's also fed the urgency to right the loss this Saturday away to Wellington, who are two points and one place behind Sydney in sixth.
"Every game is important, but this one is important because we lost our last game and we really want to get up," Dimitrijevic said.
Sydney will hope to have Brosque back in the fold after the attacking linchpin was rested against Adelaide with a hamstring strain.