Nedum Onuoha has shrugged off Sunderland's striker shortage by calling on others to step up to the mark.
The Black Cats are preparing for a weekend meeting with Fulham in the knowledge that they have no fit frontmen.
Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck (both hamstring) have joined long-term injury victim Fraizer Campbell in the treatment room following Saturday's 4-2 victory over Wigan.
Teenager Ryan Noble is the only forward available to Steve Bruce, and he is yet to start a senior game.
Onuoha appreciates the situation at the Stadium of Light is far from ideal, but believes Sunderland are capable of producing goals from other sources.
"Being at home on Saturday, the emphasis is on us to win the game, whether we have any of the big name strikers or not," he told the Sunderland Echo.
"It'll be the time for someone to go and step up because we've relied on the strikers too much to score goals this season.
"There was a lot of pressure going into the Wigan game and everyone knew it was a must-win. But we needed to put on a bit of a performance as well and in the second half we did that, having come back from a goal down.
"In the first half, Asamoah and Danny put their two centre-backs on the back foot. Then once Steed [Malbranque] and Stephane [Sessegnon] were in there, they were two completely different players and their defenders struggled to adjust."
Meanwhile, 21-year-old midfielder Jack Colback has revealed that he is hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow academy graduate Jordan Henderson and tie down a regular first-team place.
He said: "If Jordan had any doubters he well and truly proved them wrong. I'm over the moon for him.
"He's always created for us and it was great to see him get two goals [against Wigan]. I'm delighted to see him doing well. Hopefully I have proved one or two of my doubters wrong too and shown I can cut it at this level.
"But I am not getting too carried away. I will keep my head down and take each game as it comes. Hopefully I can keep my place from now until the end of the season."