Newcastle captain Aidan Guerra believes his side has played top eight-type football over the past fortnight and says the finals remain within reach provided they can turn belief into premiership points.
The Knights head into Sunday’s showdown against Melbourne at McDonald Jones Stadium two wins out of the eight but still within striking distance.
Significantly, Guerra is adamant his side now knows what it takes to win footy games after last weekend’s narrow loss to premiership heavyweights Sydney Roosters followed a dominant win over Parramatta.
“As a side, I think we took confidence out of both our previous games,” he said.
“We got the two points against Parra so that probably matters more to us in the season but when it comes to lessons, I think we got some good lessons out of our game against the Roosters and a little bit of belief as well.
“They [the Roosters] are what everyone is regarding as a top four finishing side and for us to lose that by our own errors and a couple of little lapses, it is certainly something we can take confidence out of.”
Asked specifically about the side’s finals aspirations, Guerra said: “You don’t really talk about those things. Your actions are what comes to the forefront.” he said.
“We have played top eight football the last two weeks. Before that, we probably weren’t. We got one out of two results in the last couple of weeks.
“Obviously, we want to be in that top eight but the only way we are going to do that is through results.
“We firmly believe now that if 17 blokes show up, willing to play, have their head around an 80 minute effort working hard for each other, we have the belief that we can win football games.
“I feel like we now know the formula to win football games and it’s about going out there and obviously making the fans proud, that’s high on everyone’s list, but we want to win for them as well.”
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He said the Storm game would be a big challenge.
“You can’t afford to switch off on any plays against this side because they are one of those teams that have strike right across the field,” he said.