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Anything perfect is a series of mistakes. 

That's very much the mentality of NYC coach Mick Crawley after his table-topping side suffered their first defeat of the 2014 season against Manly on Monday night. 

The Knights led by four points with just seconds left on the clock, but couldn't contain a fast finishing Sea Eagles team led by their fullback and four-try hero Tom Trbojevic. 

Crawley concedes his players let themselves down with too many basic mistakes and has challenged them to rectify the situation in the coming weeks.    

"It was disappointing, but you’ve got to learn and it’s a learning curve for us," Crawley tells Knights TV.

"We’ve just got to go back to the drawing board and we’ve got a week off to get ourselves ready for New Zealand over there.

"With a young side and it’s something the coaching staff have spoken about, it’s probably something that’s good for us.

"It makes as have a bit of a think about ourselves and moving forward we need to work a little bit harder and not take things for granted, because you don’t get anything in the game if you don’t work hard.

"And we didn’t work hard enough against Manly."

The Knights played Monday's clash against the Sea Eagles without star trio Sione Mata'utia (rested) and Jake Mamo, Joe Tapine (NRL).

Crawley is first to admit his side missed their match-winning presence, but was happy with the likes of Chance Peni, Jacob Gagai and Pride Petterson-Robati who stepped up in their absence.  

"It gives those other guys an opportunity, which is good," he says.

"I thought James Taylor (former Warrior) was good for us first game in. He played really well.

"Pride also played five-eighth. I wanted to test him and I thought he did a good job."

Newcastle now has the bye in the NYC, before a big Round 12 clash against the Warriors in New Zealand.

Crawley has no doubts his team will learn from their errors in the next week.

"I think the bye has come at a good time for us, even though it’s only shortly after the other one," he says.

"Last time we played all our big boys in local football, but this week we’ll be a little bit more selective about who gets a run."