Mitch Barnett is hurting.
Not just because the results haven’t been going our way but because the supporters are upset.
The nib Newcastle Knights have the most loyal and passionate fans in the game.
Through thick and thin, they have stood by us, so to be upset after six rounds, the players are disappointed.
The backrower admits, the fans deserve better.
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“It’s never nice losing anywhere,” Barnett said.
“It’s hard to be losing here, especially with our fans. Our fans have been so loyal to us. They don’t deserve this, so we want to turn it around. Not only for us but for our fans as well.”
With just one victory this season, the Knights have suffered a handful of close defeats but last week’s 38-14 loss to the Gold Coast was difficult for everyone to swallow.
The performance wasn’t up to par.
It’s something everyone acknowledges.
Resisting the urge for sweeping changes, coach Nathan Brown named the same 17 as last week to face Parramatta at home on Sunday.
With depth at the club the strongest it has been for quite some time, Barnett knows the pressure is on to perform.
“Positions are on the line every week,” Barnett said.
“We’ve had a few injuries but that’s no excuse. It means we’ve got a lot of depth. People can step into positions and do a job there.
“That means there’s always people pushing for spots and always putting pressure on the top squad.
“There’s a couple of young fellas there in reserve grade and Tau who is coming back from an ACL and big Jacob Saifiti coming back from his ankle (injury).
“There’s plenty of pressure there. Browny showed a bit of faith in a few people this week so there’s definitely pressure more than ever.”