David Moyes admits Everton need more assurance in front of goal if they are to turn around their abysmal start to the season.
The Toffees slipped to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Fulham on Saturday - with Ayegbeni Yakubu guilty of a glaring late miss.
Moyes' men exited the Carling Cup to Brentford and he said: "There's a lack of belief in front of goal. Nothing is going in and we can't even deflect one in at the moment."
Fulham suffered from the same problem in the absence of Bobby Zamora and Moussa Dembele, but manager Mark Hughes said: "That's how it will be over the next few weeks."
He drew encouragement, though, from substitute Diomansy Kamara's lively performance, saying: "Guys have to come in and make an impact and Kamara will benefit from his run-out."
While Moyes struggles, things are little better across the city with Liverpool having taken just six points from Roy Hodgson's first six league games in charge following a 2-2 draw with Sunderland.
And Hodgson said: "The team are probably going to find it difficult to match up to expectations until they bed in better.
"It is six games into the season, we have a total of 38 to play and for me it is quite simply the 'Rome wasn't built in a day' adage."
Life is happier for Manchester City after their 1-0 win over Chelsea - who City boss Roberto Mancini tipped as title certainties beforehand.
Mancini remains coy over his team's chances, saying: "I don't know if (the win) keeps us in the title race. We have another 32 games to go, so we must improve every week. This win will help us do that."
Arsene Wenger will seek to protect Arsenal teenager Jack Wilshere as fixtures come thick and fast.
Wilshere appeared only as a second-half substitute in the 3-2 defeat to West Brom, and Wenger said: "He has played many games recently and we don't want to burn him (out).
"He played 120 minutes on Tuesday (in the Carling Cup win over Tottenham) so I decided to give him a rest."
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is hopeful of again challenging for a Champions League place despite a 1-0 defeat at West Ham.
"I think we will be in the top five or six again and try to get in the top four but it's going to be tight. There are no easy games," he said after Frederic Piquionne's goal defeated his side.
Much-maligned England goalkeeper Robert Green was another key figure, and Hammers boss Avram Grant said: "He's a good goalkeeper. Goalkeepers have good and bad days but it was a normal performance.
"Rob showed (what he can do) on the only place a sportsman needs to show, on the pitch."
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is confident there is more to come from his summer signings after they played bit parts in a goalless draw with Wigan.
He said: "Alex (Hleb) is still searching for sharpness, as is the case with (Jean) Beausejour.
"Nikola Zigic is still trying to adjust to the English game. They all need time to adjust, just like some of the lads last season."
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway will continue his attacking mentality at Anfield next week after a meek surrender to Chelsea was followed by a more enterprising display in defeat to Blackburn.
He said: "The first half performance last week was wimpy. That was my fault because I went defensive and I won't do that again.
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