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Dyldam Parramatta Eels centre Ryan Morgan says the Blue and Gold's strong start to the 2014 season comes from a culture centred on desperation and urgency, and the team will be looking to find that again quickly in order to bounce back from their 46-20 loss to the Melbourne Storm.

In recent rounds Morgan has stepped into the boots of injured centres Will Hopoate and Willie Tonga, and will be looking to continue his strong showings in the Eels' Round 16 match-up against the Newcastle Knights.

“We just need to keep to our desperation," Morgan said.

"That’s what’s been serving us well this year, all the games that we’ve sort of turned up and been desperate we’ve walked away with the win, so that’s what we need to work on coming into this week.”

While opposition Newcastle Knights sit at 15th on the ladder, and have won just 1 of their last 8 NRL games, Morgan says the Eels won't be focussing on those stats leading into the match.

“Yeah I watched them on the weekend," Morgan said.

"They looked good, they’re a quality side. I just think they’ve been a bit unlucky this year so we definitely won’t be taking them lightly.” 

“I think their whole team’s pretty dangerous, they’ve got the likes of Darius Boyd and two quality halves. We just have to watch them, [they have] good ball movement and some quality forwards, so it should be a good game.”

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