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Dyldam Parramatta Eels fullback Michael Gordon says the Blue and Gold’s on-the-buzzer loss in Round 5 is a result of attacking chances are being undermined by execution.

The Eels held an 18-12 lead in the final ten minutes of the game on Sunday Afternoon, only to be run down by the fast-finishing Panthers for a 2-point loss.

“Obviously it’s disappointing losing a game like that,” Gordon said.

“We seemed to be in control most of the game. We’re creating enough chances: I think we bombed a couple of tries and made plenty of line breaks, it’s just that final pass isn’t sticking at the moment.”

“It’s only early days so there’s certainly no panic around. We’re backing our defence at the moment, and yesterday we just fell short.”

“Penrith, they play an unpredictable style and they got us in the end.”

For Parramatta, the question of attack has been circling over the past week, but the Eels fullback says the missing ingredient may simply be time.

“I can’t put  myfinger on it, all the signs are good at training,” Gordon said.

“We’re not far off, we’re creating plenty. And when you’ve got players like Foz (Kieran Foran) and Normy (Corey Norman) and Jenko (Michael Jennings), and our forwards have been doing such a brilliant job, it’s only a matter of time until it clicks.”

“And when it does I can’t wait.”

The Eels face the Canberra Raiders in Round 6 of the NRL Telstra Premiership on Saturday, April 9, as part of a triple-header at Pirtek Stadium. Click through to purchase your tickets

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