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Presser Points: AOB reacts to Melbourne defeat

It was a difficult night for the nib Newcastle Knights last Saturday when they were heavily defeated 48-4 by the Melbourne Storm at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.

The eight tries to one scoreline was the biggest defeat of the Knights season so far leaving the side in 10th spot on the ladder.

Head Coach, Adam O'Brien, fronted the media on Saturday and took accountability for the loss after the full-time siren.

"Tough night at the office," O'Brien said.

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"Tough week and we took that into the contest clearly.

"We haven't handled the week like we should have and that lays with me."

The Head Coach provided an update on the fitness of key players Kalyn Ponga and David Klemmer.

Both were taken from the field due to concussion protocols while neither returned for the remainder of the game.

"They're both good," O'Brien said.

"Kalyn in particular is disappointed. He's fine. It wasn't on report or a penalty so he's disappointed but it is what it is and we'll get on with it.

"It wasn't the reason why we put that performance in."

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The loss was the Knights' 10th defeat of the year although they still remain tied on the same amount of points as eighth spot.

The side is in the mix for a coveted top eight spot while the Coach wants to see improvement ahead of a crucial game against the Roosters.

"That wasn't a top eight performance,"O'Brien said.

"Whether where equal eighth or thereabouts, we need to address some stuff."