Warriors coach Nathan Brown denied being out of ideas despite admitting he was bitterly disappointed with his side’s start in their 44-12 loss to the Warriors in Round 13.
The Warriors slumped to their fifth straight loss after letting Manly get to a 26-0 lead and Brown was scathing of his side’s first helped in his post match press conference.
“Our first half was obviously horrible, you can’t hide from that,” Brown said.
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“You can’t offer any excuses. They had three tries where they basically ran from dummyhalf and they tapped it and charged over and they had one where they ran off the dummyhalf and scored.
“You might accept one of them but not three. So the first half performance was the part of the game that was horrible.
“Can’t offer any excuses. We trained really well during the week.
“As a coach your start to the game is important and your preparation and you are supposed to prepare your team to start well, so obviously I have to take a fair hit there.
“We started very well last week and we got it wrong this week. It’s disappointing. We let ourselves down with our intent today.”
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Brown believes the Warriors should have started much better given Manly were missing their two most influential attacking players.
“Definitely yeah it was a disappointing one,” Brown said when asked if it was his side’s worst half of the year.
“Manly played well but they didn’t have Cherry-Evans of Trbojevic out there, so we can’t hide our disappointment there.”
However, Brown refused to focus on the pressure on his own position, which is ramping up with every passing loss, particularly given the poor performances his side are dishing up.
“I’ve been coaching a long time now so I don’t coach on fear,” Brown said.
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“All we can do is keep preparing the best we can to do what we feel is right. I’ve been here too long to worry about all that sort of other stuff to be honest. That’s the truth for me.
“I have had a long run in these chairs and you just keep doing what you think is right and if you think it is right you have got to stick with it.
“We like to compete in every contest and we have had a few of late where we haven’t competed well. That’s the most disappointing thing.
“We might get some things wrong but we can’t get that compete bit wrong if we want to get to where we want to get to as a club long-term.”
Brown believes the warriors are improving as individuals, but they are not translating that into team success.
“I’ve seen some improvements from individuals, but obviously the team dynamic I’ve seen some bad ones,” Brown said.
“It is not about apologizing to people. It is just about getting up here and saying what I honestly believe is the truth rather than talk around it.
“We have been disappointing as a team.
“Our biggest issue is getting a good performance out of players on the same day.
“That’s our biggest issue at the moment. Why is that the case? I can’t sit here and give you a 100 per cent answer at the moment.
“I have seen blokes play good footy for a couple of weeks and then have a real bad day. If I knew 100 per cent why it happened we would fix it straight away. That’s our biggest issue.
“We have different problems we don’t have the same problems.”
However, Brown took issue with a journalist suggesting he was out of ideas in the wake of his side’s latest loss.
“I didn’t say I was out of ideas,” Brown said.
“I’m not out of ideas.
“I think we are training well and preparing well and we have got players improving, but we are not getting all players on the same page on the same day. That is not an idea that is just what is happening.”
Braith Anasta believes Brown is under pressure to keep his job as his side continues to regress each week.
“Nathan Brown is one of the great guys in the game, but he has got to be under the pump here,” Anasta said.
“He has got to be under great pressure. That’s the reality of it.”
Michael Ennis backed Brown’s scathing assessment of his side’s performance against Manly.
“They are not playing well at all,” Ennis said.
“Their performance against South Sydney in Magic Round was highly underwhelming. They were towelled up in that first helped.
“And again tonight I don’t know how many times I can say it. Nathan said it for me. They were terrible.
“They were really terrible and key players not playing well.”