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Liam Fulton says playing for pride for is the main focus for the team.

Fulton was the guest columnist for the 'Tiger Talk' column in the Campbelltown Advertiser this week.

Tiger Talk

Playing for pride for our fans and for each other is what it is all about now.

With making the finals now out of range, it is up to us as players to turn up each week and to dig deep and show what we can still do together as a team.

We did that against Manly at Campbelltown and although beaten, took plenty of confidence out of that game going into the away match against the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday.

Our preparation for the match was very good considering we had a short turnaround. We trained well and we were feeling very positive leading into the match. Unfortunately, what we planned to do just didnt eventuate and we walked off Skilled Park on the wrong end of the scoreboard. It was very disappointing.

Coach Mick Potter was right in saying that we allowed the Titans to get up the field too easily. Our defence was poor and we knew it. We should have done better. Mick was also right in saying the Titans were far more desperate for the two competition points than us. The win keeps their finals chances alive.

The trip home was certainly a quiet one. We have done some plenty of soul searching within ourselves but one thing I will stress is that the spirit amongst the boys is still very strong. We are close knit group of players and we support each other through the good and bad times.

We have another quick turnaround as we play the Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium this Friday night. Both sides are desperate for the win and dont want to get the dreaded wooden spoon. The Eels are going to come at hard us early on and we have to match them in this area. They have some quality and experienced players up front and some talented backs.

I know the Parramatta Eels army will be out in force on Friday night despite their team sitting on the bottom of the ladder. I just hope the Wests Tigers army of supporters, who I consider to be the best fans in the game, are there to help lift us when we need it. Your support has been incredible throughout this tough season and I know how much it means to the team.

Lets get out there together on Friday night and help shut the Eels down on their home turf. Together, we can do this.
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