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Knights earn respect

Coach Nathan Brown and captain Trent Hodkinson spoke to the media following the Round 7 loss to the Sydney Roosters.

"We didn't come up with the right plays at the right time,” Brown said.

“Their two halves in a key part of the game came up with two really good plays.

"They had six repeat sets and we had none.

“That weight of possession probably told at times - their halves capitalised on it quite well."

Brown took some comfort given the side is gaining respect but acknowledged the side needs to find a way to win.

“When the other coaches from the other teams are acknowledging how much we’ve improved, it is a good reward for the players,’’ Brown said.

“But obviously we’d like to win some games.

"As a whole, when Trent Robinson is saying how much we’ve improved, and other coaches are acknowledging these blokes really hang in contests and get back in there, that is great. 

“But we do want to win.”

The coach and captain both praised the huge crowd that turned up on Good Friday at McDonald Jones Stadium.

"The way they keep turning up… it must be tough,” Brown said.

“As tough as it is on the players I reckon it's as tough on the fans.

"They can see the improvement and they can see a lot of young kids that have been given a lot of opportunities a touch before their time but they're seeing the rewards they're getting out of that.

“It's just important that we keep working hard and trying to win some key moments in games." 

Hodkinson added, “It's always good to come back here and play in front of the home crowd.

"They keep turning out in numbers and they're sticking strong.

“We're trying our best to repay them, but we've just got to continue to work hard at training and I'm sure a win is not too far away."

The Knights are away for the next two matches, before returning in Round 10 to host the Canberra Raiders.