UWE Rosler has challenged his misfiring strikers to shoot Wigan Athletic out of their current predicament.
Latics stand just one point above the Championship drop zone after the midweek defeat at Brighton, with a return of just 17 goals from 16 matches the root of the problem.
Martyn Waghorn has two goals this term, while Oriol Riera and Marc-Antoine Fortune have only one each and Andy Delort is yet to register.
“The players have to believe in themselves,” Rosler acknowledged.
“We can help them through difficult times, and put our arms across their shoulder. But we bought them for good money and we pay them good money – and when they cross that line we expect goals.
“I can’t fault the energy, the appetite, the hunger of any of my players. We just need a bit more quality, and a bit more understanding of the responsibility of being strikers.
“They are there to score goals – it’s as simple as that.
“I think I put a little bit of pressure on our strikers now, because in the last few weeks we have been far more creative than we had been previously, but we are still not scoring enough goals.
“Yes we scored three goals against Fulham, but we should have had three or four at Brighton. We let them off the hook big time.”