Dyldam Parramatta Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur admits his side will need to lift to have any chance of progressing in the 2014 competition.
Despite coming away from Darwin with an 18-10 win over the Raiders, Arthur called on the Eels to find a consistency in their execution to match their attitude.
“We’ve got to play better footy,” Arthur said.
“It’s encouraging that we fought to the death and we got the 2 points but we need to play a lot better than that if we want to go any further in the competition.”
“We haven’t talked about the eight and we’re not going to, as long as we keep turning up with the same amount of commitment and fight [we have a chance]. But we can’t keep limping in and finding a way to win, we need to find a way to be better.”
Playing in the Northern Territory for the first time in an NRL Telstra Premiership match, Arthur said the win was sweeter in front of a vocal Blue and Gold Army of both Territorians and Parramatta fans who travelled for the event.
“They were great,” Arthur said.
“I think just from the noise and the amount of Parramatta gear floating around we were probably at 90% which was great. We appreciate it.”