Former Manchester United striker Alan Smith wants Jordan Ayew and his Crystal Palace striking mates to show courage in view of ending their poor scoring form especially at home in the Premier League this season.
The Eagles, who have found the back of the net just eight times in the top-flight this term, welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Selhurst Park in the London derby on Saturday.
Ayew, in particular, is yet to break his duck following a season-long loan from Swansea City last August.
Smith believes the forwards could have more goalscoring opportunities if they create spaces for themselves.
"Under these circumstances, the answer isn’t simple. You just have to keep going and show some courage by forcing yourself to keep getting into goalscoring positions," Smith wrote in his column for Evening Standard.
"To be honest, that isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. With confidence at rock bottom, it’s tempting to avoid such promising situations in case you miss once again and get slaughtered by the fans.
"I’ve done it myself, almost subconsciously. You drift into harmless areas behind defenders where team-mates can’t find you with a dangerous pass. At least then you’re not making matters worse with yet another foul up — that’s the skewed reasoning anyway when you’re feeling very low."
"For Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew and Co, they’ve got to avoid falling into that trap against a Spurs side that could be feeling weary following that Champions League tie against PSV Eindhoven, when they threw everything at it in the closing minutes to somehow snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
"Palace must bear that in mind during the match against Tottenham. For the forwards, particularly, it’s time to be brave, to keep knocking on the door. That’s the only way to end this dry spell," he added.
Palace sit 14th on the log with eight points, only two points above safety.