Real Sociedad boss David Moyes says he expects his team to improve after their 1-1 draw with Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Moyes has one win from his first five games, with three draws and a defeat.
On Wednesday they face third tier Real Oviedo in the Copa del Rey second leg, having drawn the first game 0-0.
"There are a lot of things we want to improve, not just the physical part and the intensity but also the passing and the control of the game," he said.
"I think there were some good signs there, especially in the first half.
"It was certainly an improvement on our performance at Villarreal [a 4-0 defeat] and I think we have made a step ahead but we haven't improved enough.
"I think the players are trying really, really hard to do so. The training has been great and I thought their attitude was very good.
"I expected us to be stronger in the second half so that was a little disappointing."
Former Preston, Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes was appointed on 11 November and Real have moved up one place to 14th in Spain's La Liga under him.
"We are in the middle of the season at the moment and we can't change big things," he added.
All four of Real Sociedad's goals so far under Moyes have come from former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela.