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Axe falls on Eels - again

By Laine Clark 01/06/2004 07:25:25 PM Comments (0)

Scapegoat one week, saviour the next.

That was the bizarre situation John Morris found himself in when he was among seven changes to the Eels' NRL round 13 side as Parramatta coach Brian Smith threw the dice one more time for a winning combination.

Morris and fellow playmaker Adam Dykes were high-profile Premier League additions last weekend as Smith looked to address an alarming Eels slump.

But after Parramatta dropped its fifth straight match - sparking another round of calls for Smith's head - the pair earned a reprieve in a new-look Eels outfit taking on the Knights at Newcastle on Saturday night.

Morris said the criticism had only made the Eels stronger.

"I suppose when people are having shots at us and the coach it does make you go out there and play better - it does make you stronger," he said.

"We've just got to go out there and prove ourselves not only Saturday night but over the next month or so.

"It's pretty tough. When it comes to our supporters, they certainly could be more positive and supportive.

"It's not down to a lack of effort, we've still got a lot of pride in the blue and gold jumper.

"If we stay and keep being positive hopefully we can get a better outcome."

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