Parramatta Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur spoke to the media after his side’s loss to the Rabbitohs.
Here’s what he had to say after the game.
What happened to the Eels?
“It was ordinary. We’re not that team at the moment, we weren’t tonight anyway, prepared to roll up our sleeves and build a game,” Arthur said.
Was BA surprised by his side’s performance?
“I am very surprised. Like I said, we weren’t prepared to roll the sleeves up and play the long game and build like we were last week. We lacked a bit of patience last week and straight away in the second or third set tonight we lacked patience and on the back of that you’ve got to be able to defend. We can’t say we have good defence if we’re leaking 38 points,” Arthur said.
Did BA sense a bad performance was coming?
“No, no. I thought we trained all right. But sometimes you’re not the best at training and then you come to the game and they’re jumping out of their skin so it’s hard to judge. The boys said it was pretty quiet out there on the field tonight, which is not great,” Arthur said.
Has the team’s confidence been knocked?
“We’ll see next week. For me it’s an easy fix. We go back to owning our effort areas and go back to being a team that is willing to build a game. If it takes us to the 79th minute, well so be it. That’s what we were doing and that’s what we need to do,” Arthur said.
What do you say to people who say Parramatta can’t win the comp?
“That’s up to the individual who wants to have that opinion. That’s fine. We deserve it on the back of tonight. Things change pretty quickly in a week but we are the ones who can do something about it,” Arthur said.
Did you think these performances were a thing of the past?
“Yeah. The three games we lost prior there was only two or four points in them and we could have won them. We were never a chance of winning that game tonight after 20 minutes,” Arthur said.
Dylan Brown’s injury
“He’s been taken for scans. I think they said it’s at the back of his heel, back of his ankle, but it wasn’t syndesmosis or anything like that. It would be disappointing for him. He soldiered on and we gave him the opportunity to stay there or if he wanted to come (off) and it just got worse in the second half and there wasn’t much point keeping him there,” Arthur said.