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Refocused Bulldogs expected for NYC clash with Eels

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Toyota Cup side comes into Friday's clash with the Parramatta Eels in no doubt about what is expected of them after they were lucky to take one competition out of last Friday's clash with Manly.
Refocused Bulldogs expected for NYC clash with Eels
by NRL

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Toyota Cup side comes into Friday's clash with the Parramatta Eels in no doubt about what is expected of them after they were lucky to take one competition out of last Friday's clash with Manly.

The Bulldogs walked away with a 28-all draw after a conversion attempt from the cellar dwelling Sea Eagles after full time hit the post and was waved away.

The draw moved the Bulldogs onto nine competition points for 2012 and allowed them to maintain seventh position on the Toyota Cup ladder through eight rounds.

It also sees the Bulldogs sit one point clear of the ninth placed Eels ahead of the clash between the two sides on Friday at ANZ Stadium.

"We were very, very lucky," Bulldogs coach Andy Patmore says of the clash with Manly. "Probably a result that Manly should have got the two points from.

"Our boys unfortunately didn't turn up, they thought it was going to be a bit easier than what it was. You've got to turn up every week.

"It's about process and performance. And everyone in our coaching and our playing group was disappointed with the performance."

Patmore says the week since has involved both soul searching and hard training and he expects a vastly improved effort and execution this Friday evening.

"We had a good think about it. We had a good talk about how to prepare for games, we just want to see some improvement in those areas and what it takes for the boys to be a professional footballer.

"We expect a full on game Friday night. We need to prepare better and perform to our best, we're a big chance of winning.

"But it's always a great event, us and Parramatta, there's a bit of a rivalry there and people like myself who have been around the Club a long time would love to get a win over them."

The Bulldogs welcome back half Freddie Robinson for the match, while the Parramatta side will feature a familiar face in former Bulldog SG Ball player and office Trainee Jordan Hall set to line up in the forwards for the Eels.

The Toyota Cup clash between the two sides kicks off at 5.15pm on Friday.

TOYOTA CUP v Parramatta
ANZ Stadium, Friday 4 May, 5.15pm

Bulldogs: 1 Gerard McCallum 2 Sam Ahofono 3 Matthew Fukofuka 4 Ed Murphy 5 John Sila 6 Moses Mbye [c] 7 Freddie Robinson 8 David Klemmer 9 Dean Janda 10 Michael Ioapo 11 Danny Fualalo 12 Tupou Sopoaga 13 Paul Carter Interchange: 14 Henry Ah Sam 15 James Ralphs 16 David Minute 19 Lachlan Burr 21 Oliver Gordon Coach: Andy Patmore.

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