Jarrod Mullen: We’ll win some games before season is over

FROMwhat I’ve been told, there has been a bit of noise this weekabout how many games we’ve won this year, how many we’ve lost, our position on the ladder and where we might finish up.
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That’s understandable, because those are obvious talking points for the fans and media.

But as players, we honestly can’t dwell on any of thatstuff.

If we do, it might become a distraction that we just don’t need. We need to concentrate on what we can control.

It’s been a long, tough year and our loss to Manly last weekend was just another setback. But for us, nothing really changes week to week.

We have to go into every game believing we can win and giving ourselves the best possible chance of doing so.

That means everyone preparing themselves as professionally as they can, both individually and collectively.

It starts with post-match recovery, to make sure weare in the best physicalshape to play again in less than a week.

At training, it’s important that everyone turns up focused on doing the little things right, on the pitch and in the gym.

We’ll reviewour previous performance on video, looking for aspects of our gamewe need to improve, and analyse our opposition, looking for areas we think we can exploit.

It’s then a matter of turning up on game day and putting our plan into practice.

Obviously we haven’t won anywhere near as many games this year as we would have liked, and that’s disappointing.But it’s not through lack of desire or effort.

We’ve been in winning positions probably half-a-dozen times this year, and unfortunately we’ve let a few teams off the hook.

All we can do is persevere, keep working as hard as we can, and take our chances when they come.We desperately want to finish the season off with a few wins, to reward the young guys in our team and also, of course, our loyal fans.

I’m really confident we’ll have something to celebrate in the near future.

I remember my first season in the NRL, back in 2005, we lost 13 games in a row that year but then had a drought-breaking win at Penrith and finished with eight wins from our last 11 games.

That gave us a springboard into 2006, when we made the top four in the play-offs.

That one win at Penrith was a massive turning point. Suddenly the pressure was off and everyone was able to play with a bit of confidence.

One win became two, two became three and so on.

Hopefully history can repeat itself in our last five games.

Fingers crossed I can play a role in all five games. My hamstring strain is improving rapidly and the plan is to return against Canterbury on Saturday.

It’s great to be back at home, and we’llappreciate all the support we can get.

REWARD: Knights celebrate Peter Mata’utia’s try against Manly last weekend. Newcastle scored the last 16 points in the match. Picture: Getty Images


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