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."
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