Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has urged star striker Jermain Defoe to get back amongst the goals as the Black Cats continue their fight against relegation.
Sunderland managed to just climb out of the relegation zone on Tuesday night when a late strike from Fabio Borini salvaged a 2-2 draw with the out-of-form Crystal Palace.
Allardyce's side opened the scoring through Dame N'Doye's first goal for the club, before two goals from former Black Cat Connor Wickham looked to have won the match. However, Borini managed to claim the crucial point right at the death.
Once again though, top-scorer Defoe, who has managed 10 of Sunderland's 34 league goals, remained off the score sheet. This is despite numerous chances in recent matches, with him scoring just once in his last seven games.
Allardyce is keen for his most natural goalscorer to return to form as Sunderland continue their relegation fight on Saturday, when they take on Southampton.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Allardyce pointed out that Sunderland had "five shots on target" in the first-half against Alan Pardew's side, "three" of which were taken by the "wee man," Defoe.
This shows that the goal-scorer is lacking composure at the moment, but the manager is hoping that Defoe will get over this "barren spell" because the side "need him to".
Allardyce took positives from the game, saying N'Doye's first goal will "get him underway," but insisted that the team need to try and "score more" and make those goals as high "quality" as Borini's was, as he believes that is what the side is "lacking".
However, Sunderland's biggest problem remains the amount of goals they concede, having leaked 53 so far this season. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 15 matches.
Allardyce said that the "ultimate problem" is that they "concede too many" and insisted that, until the team "get a grip on themselves," it will "stay like that."
Maybe the potential signing of Emmanuel Eboue can bolster the shaky back line.