Pirtek Parramatta Eels utility player Joseph Paulo says the side is close to earning that much-awaited victory, after making solid improvements over the last fortnight.


The Eels take on the Bulldogs this Friday night at ANZ Stadium, the second time the clubs have played this season.


"We're getting the opportunities that we want, but it's hard when you're not executing and scoring the points," Paulo said.


"You can play as good as you want, but if you're not getting the points it doesn't matter - but we're getting close to where we want to be."


The sides are competing for the Bandaged Bead Cup, thanks to the joint charity partner The Children's Hospital at Westmead.


"I think it's great to give back to the young kids, especially the kids who turn up every week," Paulo said.


"They're the real guys doing it tough, we think we're doing it tough out there on the field but they're doing it every day; so if we can fundraise and do our best to raise awareness, it'll be good."


Joey says its always a particularly tough challenge playing the Bulldogs, with the traditional rivalry dating back more than 30 years.


"It starts with the fans, they're really vocal and the Bulldogs fans are as well - so hopefully we can have more fans out there supporting us," he said.


"It goes back to the 80s and it's good to be able to represent our clubs and continue that rivalry."


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