nib Newcastle Knights Head Coach Adam O'Brien fronted the media after the side's disappointing loss to the Sydney Roosters on Saturday.
The 38-4 result was the heaviest defeat at home since May 2018 and handed the Knights their fifth loss of the year.
Coach O'Brien reacted to the performance in his post-match press conference.
"We took some backwards steps in terms of competing and that scramble we had last week," O'Brien said.
"If you look at the Roosters they're excited by their footy, they compete and look for opportunities but we're not there and we're not doing that at all.
"Whether it's a confident thing, we've got to find some solutions and find them quick.
"Just getting picked in the first grade team can't be enough for us, we've got to compete a lot harder."
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Adding injury to insult, Blake Green went down with a rib injury late in the second half.
The halfback has only recently come back from a knee injury.
The coach delivered news on the 34-year-old.
"It's ribs and it's visible," O'Brien said.
"Nothing pertruding out of the skin but (could be) broken or cracked, he's in a bit of pain.
"He will have a scan tonight, but it's not great for the short term."
The focus switches to the Canberra Raiders now as the side seeks to end a barren run of five losses in six games.
The side will travel to Wagga Wagga chasing a vital two points against a side with the same amount of wins.
"They (the Raiders) will turn up ready to go. I know Ricky will prepare them really well," O'Brien said.
"They've had some recent success so they will have that hunger there and that's the thing I've got find with our side.
"Although we haven't experienced it here for a long time, it's worth chasing.
"It's not gone yet but we need to start making some decisions on what we want to get out of (this season)."