Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes his side must have more conviction in their play, ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Sean Dyche's Burnley at Goodison Park.
The Toffees drew 2-2 with Apollon Limassol in the Europa League on Thursday and Koeman was not entirely happy with how his side used possession in that clash. As such, he wants more positivity on the ball against the Clarets.
He told reporters, "We are scared, we are afraid to play forward and that makes it difficult. Maybe sometimes there are not enough options to play forwards but even if there are no options, play the ball in the channel instead of back to the goalkeeper.
"We know what the fans like, that you go forward, and they don't like to see a team playing back, back."
Meanwhile, the visitors have started the season brightly with just one defeat in the league, and are unbeaten away from home which may see the club come into the encounter with some confidence.
In team news, Oumar Niasse could make a rare start for Everton following his brace against Bournemouth as a substitute. However, defenders Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka are both fitness doubts.
Burnley have no new injury concerns, though Sam Vokes may be pushing for a recall following the 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town. Nakhi Wells and Jon Walters remain out for Dyche's side.