Adam Johnson says that Sunderland must start showing a greater attacking intent if they are to have success this season.
The Black Cats have struggled for goals over the campaign so far and Johnson believes that this is because they have been too defensive.
He says that their persistence on playing on the back-foot is meaning that they are struggling to create chances against their opposition and he doesn't feel that it will bring victories.
"I think we need to look like scoring more as well," Johnson said to the Sunderland Echo.
“We need to take more risks going forward.
“Everyone gets behind the ball and we can’t get out because everyone’s so deep."
Sunderland have now conceded ten goals without response in their last two fixtures and they will need to show their character when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday night.
The game looks a winnable one, but they will need to show strong resilience if they are to get the three points - as the pressure is building on the team,
Johnson is one of the players taking a heavy amount of criticism too, as his performances have been below the quality required this season.
On his day the England international can be a match-winner, but his inconsistencies are a source of frustration and he has not provided the team with any creative spark over the opening part of the season.
Johnson, himself, clearly feels that this is because the rest of the team have been too defensive in their approach and he will be hoping that Gus Poyet decides to adopt a more offensive system on Saturday.