Results more important than style claims the ScotEverton manager David Moyes has admitted he would have no hesitation in resorting to long-ball tactics and winning ugly should it improve on his side's lack of goals.
The Scot has lamented his side's failure to convert chances in front of goal this season which he felt was highlighted against Bolton Wanderers in midweek when they passed up a number of opportunities to convert chances.
Jermaine Beckford’s last gasp equaliser rescued a point for Everton but his strikers have suffered from being shy in front of goal this season.
Beckford and Yakubu are the only strikers for Everton to have netted in the Premier League so far this campaign and Moyes admits he would have no qualms to resorting to uglier tactics if it improves his side's chances of getting goals.
Moyes told sportinglife.com:"I might go and start crashing the ball into the box, do it that way.
"It doesn't really matter what you do between the boxes - it is what happens in the boxes.
"Obviously people want to see a brand of football which they think is the right way to do things, and over the years in England there has been a lot of criticism of the long ball.
"But at the end of the day, if you get the ball in the box and knock it down and score goals, then it wins you games.
"At the moment our football is great up to the box but we can't seem to alternate our play.
"In the past we have had people like Duncan Ferguson who we could maybe have brought on and done something.
"So we are a bit limited in what we have got in that respect.
"We have to keep crafting and passing and finding a way of scoring."
Moyes' side face a tough test as they host Arsenal on Sunday and the Everton boss admitted it would be a tough test for his men.
"They are a very good attacking side with lots of options in their squad," he said.
"I think they will come and do what Arsenal do.
"But I think we have played quite well against them in the last few games, although obviously the first one last season wasn't the case.
"If Arsenal are hot they can cut you open on the counter-attack, but in the games we've had we've probably had as much ball as them.
"We were very unlucky there last year. We were 2-1 up, could have been 3-1 but they scored in the last minute.
"And the one before at home, I think [Robin] van Persie scored with a free-kick late on.
"It is a game that over the years I think has been quite close."
Everton will likely start with Louis Saha up front again against the Gunners with Yakubu again predicted to start on the bench.