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Anderson happy but wants more from Eels

By Todd Balym 29/03/2009 03:07:47 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson concedes the Eels are not playing good football, but he is still confident his side can beat any in the NRL.

Anderson was disappointed with Parramatta's first hour of football against Canberra on Saturday night, but delighted with the final 20 minutes as they overcame a 16-4 deficit to win 18-16.

The new coach admits his side remains very much a work in progress, but he is happy with their development after just three NRL games.

"We have a points differential of zero and four points after three games - you take that," said Anderson.

"You accumulate points how you get them at the start. The first 10 weeks of the season and hope you are thereabouts.

"I'm the biggest change at this club so we're getting used to the combination of me more than the players.

"I have some demands and expectations on the players' performances and character during games in general we're on the positive side."

Anderson said the Eels are well-placed to make a charge during the next month of football with tough games against fierce rivals the Roosters (away), Dragons (home), Bulldogs (home) and Broncos (away).

"We will go into next week's game confident we can win the game," he said.

"We don't have any injuries I can see in the dressing room. We're healthy. I'm going to pick pretty much the same squad with Weller Hauraki back from suspension.

"I'm confident we can win every game at the moment. We've got a good squad, we've just got to learn to play long periods of the game."

Anderson's biggest task in 2009 is harnessing the individual talent in his squad into a well-drilled football side.

He heaped special praise on lock Feleti Mateo who has shelved his free-flowing offloading game somewhat this year to do more tough work in the middle of the ground.

Against the Raiders Mateo made 42 tackles, and had 10 hit ups for 118m, while offloading just twice.

"Feleti played a very very tight and powerful role in the middle of the field where he hasn't had the luxury of getting many off-loads but he is sticking to a team task," said Anderson.

"That is what I want to see from all of our players, that they stick to the team task and deliver for the team and their teammates."

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