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If there is a man who knows Brookvale Oval, then Adam Cuthbertson is your man.

As a proud Avalon Bulldogs junior who spent four seasons at Manly, Cuthbertson is fully aware of how hard it is for opposition teams to win at the Sea Eagles spiritual home. 

Now firmly entrenched in the red and blue of Newcastle, the bearded enforcer discovered what it's like to be on the other side at Brookie on Monday night.    

"Now I can probably understand what it’s like to be on the receiving end," Cuthbertson said after the Club's heartbreaking 15-14 loss to Manly. 

"I haven’t got to come back here and play too many times.

"It was a bit of a disappointment. It was one of those ones we should have won."

The Knights may not have got the win, but they showcased plenty of courage to push the Sea Eagles to the limit on their home turf. 

Cuthbertson believes it's type of resilience his side must display on a consistent basis.  

"That’s what the club is built on, aiming up when we are under the pump," he says.

"We’ve had a lot of injuries and setbacks this week, but we turned up."

The men in red and blue were particularly strong in defence, keeping Manly scoreless for 57 minutes.  

Cuthbertson says his team can gain a heap of confidence from that effort moving forward.

"I think the only three tries they (Manly) scored were off kicks," he beams. 

"They didn’t come through us or we didn’t show any weakness in our ruck defence or out wide.

"It was just that last kick play that we’ve got to work on and rectify.

"We’ve just got to stick to what we’ve been doing at training, believe in what we are doing and it’s going to come good."