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Brown credits game control

Coach Nathan Brown and co-captain Sione Mata'utia spoke to the media following Saturday's win over the New Zealand Warriors.

“I thought in the first half we actually controlled the game pretty well,” Brown said.

“In the last 10 minutes, we had a couple of good opportunities and we got really frantic with the ball.

“In the second half to the Warriors, I thought they came out pretty hard. Stephen Kearney challenged them through the week not being alive in the finals, he wasn’t going to put up with blokes not competing.

“Their line speed and their effort in the second half was great, they completed their sets well and we had to work really hard but overall we’re pleased.”

The Knights coach admits they were a lot better than last week.

“We had some individuals last week that probably weren’t where we would have liked them to be defensively and we had a lot of one-on-one misses last week so I thought that part of our game was a lot better,” Brown explained.

“Just the little things like our kick pressure and people working for their team mates, it’s getting more consistent which is obviously playing a part in our results.”

Co-captain Sione Mata’utia acknowledged it’s great to continue that winning feeling.

“It has been a long time since we’ve gone back-to-back,” he said.

“We didn’t want to focus on it, we just wanted to focus on the process to get a win and it’s a good feeling.”

Brown maintains all his players have weathered the tough times at the Knights and things are starting to look up.

“Last year was a tough year for us, this year has been a lot better but it’s still been tough not only for the players but for the fans,” said Brown.

“To see the little things they are practicing slowly start to work and slowly start to work more consistently.

“With the recruits we have coming, it should start to create some hope and faith that we’re heading in a good direction.”

With one try, two try-assists and four offloads, Brown agreed Brock Lamb had one of his best performances.

“Brock Lamb was really good; he kicked the ball well and he took the line on a heap of times and got tackled a lot in the first half which is great to see a young half taking the ball at the line,” credited Brown.

“He scored a nice try and he set a nice one up for (Lachlan) Fitzy which was at a real crucial stage of the game.

“There was a lot of line speed and they were rushing him but he was composed and made the nice basic, safe sort of play.

“Fitzy was also really good and I thought he has been a really improved player this year.

“It was his best all year-round game as well which was pleasing and although he got a bit of a knock on his leg, he played through it which is something that he’s learning to do.

“We would love to keep Fitzy, we have got an offer for Fitzy and these things obviously don’t happen quickly so he’s certainly a player we’d love to have around because his best footy is definitely ahead of him.”

The Knights coach knows the four games left this season will be some of their hardest.

“They are all tough, we’ve got Parramatta (Eels) next week who if the results go their way will be in the four, if they don’t go their way, they’ll be trying to get back in the four,” said Brown.

“Canberra could be playing to push their way into the eight, the Sharks are obviously a real premiership threat so there are some tough games to come home with.”

Meanwhile, Nathan Ross suffered a back injury in the match and has been taken to hospital for scans. 

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