Dyldam Parramatta Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur says despite coming away with the two points in their 18-16 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys, his side is still learning how to close out tough games. 

In front of a home crowd at Pirtek Stadium the Eels put in an inconsistent performance, and Arthur says they still have plenty to work on. 

"We're a young team, we need to learn how to control a football game," Arthur said.

"We can't create so many opportunities [and lose]; but the pleasing thing is they dug deep."

"We found a way to win, but we can't dish that up again."

It means the Eels remain undefeated at Pirtek Stadium this season, an impressive record in front of the vocal Blue and Gold Army. 

"The boys enjoy playing here; talking to the boys before they game we knew we turned up with a good energy and a good enthusiasm, but we need to be able to bring that next week when we're not turning up here," Arthur said.  

Speaking specifically about the improvements he'd like to see, Arthur says it mostly relates to execution and attitude.

"We just need to make sure we can turn up on a weekly basis and execute things better in our second half, and learn to be a better footy team," Arthur said.

"If we want to be a genuine threat, we need to be better. We've got to worry about the Bulldogs next week and we have a lot of things to improve, if you play like that at the back end of the year you'll struggle to win."

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