Elliott: Warriors getting too conservative

DAVID LONG
Last updated 05:00 28/03/2013
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BREAKING POINT: Matt Elliott couldn't hide some of his frustrations during a media scrum ahead of the game against the Knights.

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Warriors coach Matt Elliott feels the players are compounding their problems by becoming too conservative after making mistakes.

Elliott has had another tough week fixing the problems of a team that's lost its last 11 games and, after witnessing another dreadful performance in the 28-4 loss to Cronulla Sharks last weekend, is calling on players not to go into their shells if things start to go against them against the Cowboys on Monday.

"The solutions are for us to hold the course," Elliott said.

"At the moment what we haven't done is do that during games.

"There hasn't been one game where we've come out and been terrible straight away.

"What's happening is that we're not sticking to what we plan to do.

"When we show the small periods of games where we do that, then we get to see some fluency in our play.

"At the moment we make an error and everyone gets conservative straight away. So the amount of ball movement we're getting in attack is nowhere near what we've prepared to do.

"So we get more conservative and basically we're hitting the ball up for five plays, not hanging onto it, because when you get away from the structure you tend to make more errors, so we're doing more defence than the opposition. At the weekend we got a bit of a negative cycle there.

"We had our best video session since I've been here this morning since I started, because the players started sparking up about it as well.

"It was that we need to stick to what we plan to do, so that will create the opportunities for all of the other stuff that you can recognise in the other players.

"The more stuff we can do collectively, the more opportunities it will give for guys like Kevin Locke and Shaun Johnson to be spontaneous."

Elliott was seen reading the riot act to the players at halftime against the Sharks, but it had little effect as they played just as poorly over the second 40 minutes.

His problem is that with so many players out injured he doesn't have the option to drop his front line players.

"The problems at the Cronulla game aren't new to this season and maybe it's not new for us over a bit of a period," he said.

"We have all got to take responsibility for that, so we take the opportunity to solve it.

"At this stage, because of the amount of injuries we've got, the accountability is the coach getting the Tom Tits with you.

"At some point we're going to be in a position to start making some changes and hopefully that won't be necessary because with these guys coming back in the next two to three weeks, everyone will start getting their game right."

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