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The Dyldam Parramatta Eels returned to the training paddock this morning after their narrow loss to the Rabbitohs.

The Blue and Gold have a big week ahead of them and the side knows the importance of Friday night’s clash at Pepper Stadium against the Penrith Panthers.

“The pressure has been on for a few weeks now but we have been saying it’s a must win,” Eels forward Danny Wicks said.

The Eels have fallen agonizingly short over the past two weeks with narrow losses to the Warriors and Rabbitohs and Danny Wicks and Tepai Moeroa know there is plenty of improvement in the Blue and Gold.

“We have just been shooting ourselves in the foot,” Eels forward Tepai Moeroa said.

“We made 80-90 more tackles than them and dropped the ball a few too many times so we have to execute better.”

The Eels will take on the Panthers this Friday night, kick off at 7:45pm, and the Blue and Gold will be eager to earn the two points in a tough battle of the west.

“I haven’t seen their side but they are playing pretty well,” Moeroa said.

“It is always a tough one, especially out at Penrith, in the Clash of the West, so it will be a tough one” Moeroa added.

“It doesn’t really matter who we play on the ladder, we have to win this week,” Wicks said.

“Whether it is the Rabbitohs again, or the Titans, or whoever we just have to win. It doesn’t matter where they are.” Wicks added.

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