Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits that he has no idea where the goals, that could save his job at Tyneside, will come from.
Pardew is on the brink of the sack with his side at the bottom of the English Premier League table, who are currently winless.
And he is facing a munity of fed-up fans at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
The desperate manager says that it is time for his side to deliver to save his skin.
The Magpies have scored just three goals in four games in the new season, with new striker Emmanuel Riviere yet to make the scoresheet after more than 6 hours of playing time.
“This is a time to stand up and deliver,” Pardew said ahead of the visit of Hull City.
“Saturday’s an important game for us because we’ve had a difficult start.”
“The worry is how many goals are we going to score? We’re aware of that. We need to find a formula which will get us some goals.”
“It’s a game at home where the pressure is really going to be on us.”
“We have to deliver because as a group and individually we’re better than we’ve shown and I take responsibility for that.”
Siem de Jong is out on a long-term groin injury, and Papiss Cisse is still two weeks from a possible comeback, so Pardew looks like his forced to set the misfiring Riviere on the role of a lone striker yet again, which has proved, so far, unsuccessful.
The £6 million arrival from Monaco this summer has struggled to adapt to the Premier League, with fellow summer signing Facundo Ferreyra even further from expectations.
The Toon Army’s goals have so far come from defenders Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson, plus crocked winger Rolando Aarons.
Defeat at home to Steve Bruce’s Tigers could end in Pardew staring at the sack.
Newcastle have won just five times in 2014, their latest defeat coming as a 4-0 scoreline at Southampton.
“We’ve spoken about how important making a good start is,” said Pardew.
“We conceded very early against Crystal Palace and Southampton, and that’s something we can’t do. That will put us on our guard for Saturday to make sure we start well.”