Dyldam Parramatta Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur says while his side have met his pre-season expectations so far this year, he still isn’t sleeping easy heading into Round 25 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
After a thrilling comeback win over the Sea Eagles in Round 24, Arthur says his side know how big a task lies ahead to beat the Knights in front of their home crowd at Hunter Stadium.
“Well, I don’t sleep easy any night, being a coach,” Arthur laughed.
“But I’m happy, I’m happy where we are. Our expectations [at the start of the year] were that we got better on a weekly basis, and that we were playing better footy at the end of the year than we were at the start.”
“We’re not getting carried away though, there’s still a lot of work to do. We control our destiny now so it’s up to us. They’re aware that if we lose we pretty much rule ourselves out [of the eight].”
“They (the Knights) will be hurting after their loss last week and they’ll be playing for a bit of pride at home. Their last 3 games at home they’ve beaten the Warriors, Melbourne and the Roosters; they’ve got some pretty big scalps and they’re a good side.”