Djibril Cisse admits he and Kenwyne Jones need to kickstart their partnership to help Sunderland steer clear of relegation trouble.
The 27-year-old Frenchman has scored 10 goals this season while 24-year-old team-mate Jones has nine after a late start following his recovery from a serious knee injury. However, they have only three between them in the last eight league games, a run which has seen the Black Cats collect just nine points and slide back towards the fight for Barclays Premier League survival.
He said: "It hasn't been really effective but there are two solutions; we give up or we continue and start trying to play together and scoring goals and try to win points."
He added: "We are going to have to do something, and quick."
Manager Ricky Sbragia, like Roy Keane before him, has worked hard to mould the pair into a partnership and revealed at the weekend that the signs have been good on the training pitch.
But Cisse, currently on a season-long loan from Marseille, knows that is not where it matters most.
He said: "It's not in training where you win points. We are going to have to find a solution, we are going to have to start playing well together."
Cisse insists they are not too similar in style, adding: "No, we are not the same kind of player at all. Kenwyne is more physical than me, he is more a target man than me.
"Everything is there, he is a quality player, I am a quality player, but on a Saturday there is nothing.
"We are going to have to start showing it now because we don't really have much time, so we are going to have to start quickly."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms