Barnett looking forward to home support
While nib Newcastle Knights forward Mitch Barnett is bitterly disappointed with Sunday's narrow loss, he looks forward to playing back on home turf this weekend.
"It's a tough pill to swallow losing like that, but we're back at home this week," he explained.
"We need to look forward to a short turn around and really put in a good performance for our fans.”
Barnett maintains focus shouldn’t be placed on the missed penalty goal at the end of the game.
“He (Brock Lamb) is obviously shattered and disappointed but he’ll bounce back and we’ll get around him and that’s footy,” said Barnett.
“Everyone is shattered… it wasn’t Lamby who lost us the game, he played really well, the game was lost in other areas.
“Because it happened at the end, people are going to remember it... but he’ll be right and the Bulldogs were lucky enough to get the win on the weekend.”
The 23-year-old said concentration needs to be with Saturday’s match against the Brisbane Broncos.
“We are back at home this weekend and our fans are the most loyal fans in the comp so we need to put in a good performance for them,” Barnett commented.
“I know our fans will get behind us and I’m very appreciative of our fans.
“So many of them make the trips up to Townsville, always to Sydney, down to Melbourne... so to our fans I say thank you and hopefully they can come out this weekend and get behind us.”
Delving into his own game, Barnett admits there’s a few things he needs to tweak.
“I have to get some silly things out of my game and I’m still trying to work really hard on that and there’s a few of us learning the hard way,” he said.
“We will take some tough lessons out of last week and see what we could have done better and move on.
“We played well enough to win on the weekend, there were just a couple of us that made some dumb errors at crucial stages.
“It is rugby league, there is always next week and we’re going to have to move on in front of our home fans.”
All three grades are in action this Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium.