Parramatta coach Brad Arthur says the Eels need to become more resilient if they’re to bounce back from last week’s “humiliation” at the hands of the Sea Eagles that the coach conceded was his side’s most disappointing loss in “a while”.
Parramatta went into the round 22 clash with Manly hoping to tighten its hold on a top-four spot, but instead, the Eels found themselves annihilated 56-10.
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Arthur said the loss left his side “hurting and embarrassed”. It also forced the Eels out of the top four for the first time since April and left their premiership tilt in serious jeopardy.
“We weren’t happy with our effort,” Arthur told reporters on Friday.
“We weren’t happy with the performance that we put on in the situation we were in. We were embarrassed about it. We can’t keep talking about it, our actions need to support what we felt.”
The Eels’ best chance at recording a win before the end of the regular season comes this weekend against the Cowboys, who are in the midst of their own slump.
However, Arthur is focused less on getting the two points and more on seeing an improvement in his side’s attitude.
“The result’s important but probably more so our response to a bit of humiliation last week. I’m looking to see a response of plenty of energy and that needs to be seen in our start,” he said.
“I need to see a response from a team that was hurting and embarrassed.
“There’s footy things that went wrong during the game, but more around our response to some adversity. We’ve got to be better in that area.”
Arthur admitted he was still at a loss to explain what had caused Parramatta’s downturn in form.
“I’d be lying if I (said) I knew the answer,” he said.
“There might be 10 different people with different opinions on what’s going wrong, and at the end of the day I could sit here for the next three months trying to work (it) out.
“We’re never going to get to the bottom of that. What I do know is that we’re just not playing well enough. Every team has to go through the same situation that we’re in.