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Sheens shakes off record against Eels

By Steve Jancetic 12/08/2008 07:21:57 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens claims his club's horrendous record against Parramatta will have little bearing on the outcome of Monday night's make or break NRL clash.

The Tigers haven't beaten the Eels since 2004, and have only emerged victorious in four of the 17 clashes between the sides since the emergence of the joint venture club.

But the poor run holds little weight with Sheens, as does Parramatta's much-needed win over the Sydney Roosters last weekend.

Asked if he thought the under-achieving Eels had turned the corner against the Roosters, Sheens was quite succinct.

"No.

"With respect to Parramatta I think the Roosters were a little unlucky in many ways, I was at the game live and I think they got some tough calls.

"If (Anthony) Tupou puts the ball down with a minute to go they probably win the game.

"Parramatta played alright but I'm comfortable the way we're travelling the last few games also.

"We're not afraid to play this side next Monday night and I'm certainly not going to add to any fear by telling them we've lost six in a row, that's a very negative attitude.

"Plenty of sides have shown they can beat Parramatta and we're no different."

Sheens' record against the Eels as head coach of the Tigers is a dismal two wins from 11 matches.

Another loss on Monday night would see his side again lose touch with the top eight, and leave them needing two wins from their last three matches to secure a finals berth.

But Sheens said he wouldn't be using his side's recent history against the Eels in any pre-match pep talk.

"Okay we haven't had a lot of wins against them but there's plenty of teams we haven't had a lot of wins against (like) Penrith, Melbourne," he said.

"What happened second half last week let alone last year, five years ago, means nothing ... if you worry about putting your left shoe on before you put your right shoe on because you're superstitious and you start letting those things get into your head, we don't worry about those things."

Fullback Brett Hodgson has been named to return at fullback for the Tigers after four weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury.

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