Olof Mellberg has become frustrated that Aston Villa consistently struggle to turn impressive away performances into points.
The 2-0 defeat against Reading at Madejski Stadium on Saturday meant that they have only won two of their past 16 league and cup matches and have not won on their travels since November 11.
As was the case away to Newcastle United on January 31, when Villa lost the match 3-1 despite playing well, they created more scoring chances than Reading but suffered for not showing enough ruthlessness in front of goal.
Mellberg insists that Villa "are not a soft touch away from home" but there is no evidence yet that they have the attributes necessary to secure points from a stadium anywhere in the Premiership other than Villa Park.
"It is frustrating at the moment because we are playing quite well away from home without getting the results," Mellberg said.
"Overall, Reading might have been the better team in the first half, but I still feel we had the better chances."
The days when Villa could go to places like Arsenal or Chelsea and secure a draw have, temporarily it would seem, gone.
Instead, there is a feeling that Villa need to score at least three goals away to have a chance of picking up a point or a victory. But Mellberg, the Villa defender, is baffled. He is part of the impressive performances; part of a team who create chances and, often, outplay the opposition.
So why is it that, in the past three months, the only teams they have defeated are Watford and West Ham United, two of the bottom three in the Premiership?
Nobody, not even Martin O'Neill, the Villa manager, has the answer. But Mellberg knows that the result could have been so different against Reading.
"Thomas [Sorensen, Villa goalkeeper] made his first real save after 80-odd minutes from Leroy Lita so overall we had many more chances," Mellberg said. "Credit to them, but we have been a little bit more unfortunate again.
"It was similar to the Newcastle United game. We had a lot of chances and just couldn’t put the ball in the net. It is frustrating."
Villa have only picked up 14 points from their past 15 Premiership matches and only ten points all season away from home.
At Villa Park, it is a different story. They have collected 22 points and seem to have a greater ratio of goals to chances created than they have away from home.
Interestingly, with an inferior team than they now have, Villa played splendidly earlier in the season to secure draws away to Arsenal, Chelsea and even Portsmouth and Sheffield United.