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While the nib Newcastle Knights have been earning praise from some quarters due to their commitment and competitiveness in 2017, Nathan Ross is adamant the side needs to start putting wins on the board.

“We have got to start winning these ones, we get in positions where we can win it,” Ross explained to Knights TV.

“We can blame a lot of things but I dropped a ball across the line, (Ken) Sio dropped a ball across the line, we have to be better.

“It is the story of what’s been happening in recent history where we have lapses and we pay for it... good teams don’t have lapses.”

Ross admits there has been immense improvement throughout this year’s squad but more is needed to get back that winning feeling.

“We have still got a lot of improvement to do, that’s an honest assessment,” Ross said.

“It is good we’re being in the contest but for us as a playing group, what our fans deserve, they deserve victories.

“We are confident in our defensive structures and when we do it right we do it well so once we can do it for 80 it will be a brighter outlook for us.”

The Knights winger said the good thing about footy is there’s always next weekend.

“It doesn’t get much easier with the (Sydney) Roosters,” Ross laughed.

“We will rip into our recovery, turn up and hopefully put on a little bit better performance.”

Ross is well aware of the challenge the Knights face on Friday.

“They are dangerous across the park, they’ve got a very big backline,” he explained.

“The wingers and centres are huge, Michael Gordon is very fast, he’s a good fullback so we’ve got to be ready across the park.

“It will be a good game for our forwards to step up to because they’ve got an aggressive forward pack as well.

“Everyone needs to be on their game and I’m sure if we keep learning from our mistakes we’ll be a good team.”

The Knights again play at home on Good Friday against the Sydney Roosters, kick off is 6pm.