Sunderland’s on-loan striker Danny Welbeck says the Blacks Cats will have to improve their creativity to end their lengthy goal drought.
Steve Bruce’s men have not scored in seven hours of football, indeed their last goal came when Asamoah Gyan netted against Tottenham almost two months ago.
Sunderland were beaten 5-0 at Man City last weekend and are now just six points above the Barclays Premier League drop-zone.
Welbeck, who recently made his senior England debut against Ghana, said: “I didn’t realise it was so long without scoring.
“We’ve played against some very tough teams over the last few games, but we should be scoring goals and everyone should be chipping in.
“That creative side of our game hasn’t been up to scratch recently and we’ve got to improve on that.
“There have been changes with players coming in and Darren (Bent) leaving, but we are working on things every day in training and once we gel we will be a dangerous force to deal with.”
That heavy defeat at Eastlands was particularly frustrating for Welbeck given that his parent club is Manchester United.
“You just can’t erase a game like Man City from your memory – it is always going to be there,” he added.
“I was pretty down with it being Man City, too. But what we can do is bounce back against West Brom on Saturday.
“It’s a pivotal game in our season. To get three points would be massive and then we would be able to progress from there.
“We are only three points off seventh, so a win on Saturday would get us back up there. Obviously, you’ve got to be aware of what’s happening below you, but that’s not our main concern.”