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Dyldam Parramatta Eels five-eighth Corey Norman says his combination with Eels halfback Kieran Foran is still in it’s early days, and it is just a matter of time before the combination clicks and the Eels attack begins to fire.

Speaking after the Eels 20-18 Round Five defeat to the Penrith Panthers, Norman shouldered responsibility for the loss, saying the Blue and Gold failed to close out the game.

“It was a tough way to lose,” Norman said.

“We just turned too much ball over and all we had to do for those last seven minutes was just complete, kick into the corners or kick it out and we didn’t do that.”

“Our defence is solid, which is a good thing, but we need to get our attack flowing. It is only Round Five, so it’s still early in the comp, so we just have to work hard.” Norman added.

Norman and Foran have played just the four NRL games together, and the five-eighth said the patchy and scratchy start to the year was something they are continuing to work on.

“My combination with Kieran is coming along alright,” Norman said.

“It is still a bit patchy and scratchy, but we will keep working on it. It’s early days and I will be worried if it is like that at the back of the year but it’s only early days so it will get better.”

“It’s only Round Five and I think we still haven’t hit our straps yet. It will take time so hopefully each week we can just keep building on it. “ He added.

“It will get there but it’s going to take time.”

The Eels take on the Canberra Raiders at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday 9 April, kick off at 3pm.

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