Chris Houston agrees the time for talk is over at Knights

IT is too early in the season for the Knights to have reached the crossroads, but stand-in skipper Chris Houston said it was time they made a stand and started stringing some wins together, starting with the Cowboys at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.

Houston, deputising for skipper Kurt Gidley (shoulder) and second choice Danny Buderus (Achilles tendon), said the Knights were as frustrated as their fans by their inconsistent form line of loss, win, loss, win, loss, win, loss, win, loss.

The Knights had set a goal of beating the Panthers, Roosters and Cowboys in their three-game stretch between the representative weekend and their round 11 bye and were annoyed with themselves for falling 24-6 to the Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

‘‘We haven’t put consecutive wins together yet and that’s something we’ve spoken about a lot, and something we really want to achieve,’’ Houston said.

‘‘It’s frustrating, no doubt. It’s frustrating for the players, but when we do things well, we do them really well, then we have a little lapse in concentration or something and I suppose you’re seeing those results on the ladder and the way we’ve been performing.

‘‘We tried to focus on this little block in between the byes and we let one slip last week, so this is an important game for us to get a win here, especially at home.

‘‘We love being at home and the fans deserve to see us play some good footy, so it’s a big goal for us to get out there and win on Saturday.’’

Houston said the Cowboys, led by Queensland and Test half Johnathan Thurston and Australian props Matt Scott and James Tamou, would be anything but pushovers, but he was determined to silence the critics who insist they cannot win without Gidley and Buderus.

Junior Kangaroos playmaker Tyrone Roberts will again play halfback in Gidley’s absence on Saturday and utility Matt Hilder has been named to start at dummy-half for Buderus.

‘‘They’re massive parts of our club, and you can’t replace the sort of qualities that they’ve got, but we’ve replaced them with quality players that we think are up to first-grade standard,’’ Houston said.

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