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Eels move on from heartbreaking NRL loss

Rob Forsaith 24/06/2011 01:16:37 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney is confident his side has moved on from a last-gasp loss to NRL heavyweights Manly.

Kearney admitted after the Monday night game it was "heartbreaking" for his side to lose the lead with three minutes left on the clock but, with a must-win game against Canberra on Saturday night, there has been no time to dwell on the result.

"The lads have got over that really quickly. It was disappointing for them but, with a quick turnaround, our focus is now on making sure we prepare well for this match," Kearney said on Friday.

"They've been really good about it, really positive.

"We can take a little bit out of the match, but it's important we turn up with the same attitude and the same commitment this week."

The Eels have shown improved form in their past three matches and were on the cusp of victories over Newcastle, St George Illawarra and the Sea Eagles.

Kearney is unconcerned by his side's inability to snatch victory in those games.

"I'm sure with our performances over the last month, that if we keep persevering and turning up with that attitude and that commitment, I'm sure at some stage things will turn for us," he said.

A clash with the 15th-placed Raiders in Canberra is arguably the time you would expect it to turn for Kearney's charges, but the favourites tag doesn't sit well with him.

"I'm not focused on the winning or the losing of the match. I'm focused on making sure we put in a good performance," he said.

"We know if we go down there with the right attitude and perform well, we give ourselves a great chance."

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