If Wayne Bennett tells you that he was embarrassed, it means just that – with the supercoach labelling his side’s loss to the Gold Coast Titans, as embarrassing.
With the weather off colour, and a chilly night wreaking havoc on the game, it was the Titans who came out on top in the end, winning 24-14, giving the Titans back-to-back wins in almost two years.
The loss for the Knights was also the fourth that they suffered at home, and Bennett admits that to make it to the finals, will be a huge ask for his club.
“My greatest difficulty right now is that I have to pick the teams,” Bennett said.
“If everybody’s doing their job, then the team picks itself.”
Despite the lacklustre performances, Bennett says for the Newcastle fans to be patient – but he understands their frustrations and concerns.
“They can get impatient as much as they like, but it isn’t going to help anybody,” he said.
“Nobody is more impatient than myself. I am embarrassed by the way we’re playing.
“But if we could just wave a magic wand and get it right we’d do that.
“That’s not going to happen. I understand their frustration, it’s no greater than mine.”
If there is one coach to have in your corner at a time like this however, it is Wayne Bennett – with the game’s best current coach, being in similar situations with previous clubs.
“I’ve been here before, so I know what is in front of me and I know what I’ve got to do,” he said.
“My coaching career has been long, but a lot of people forget where I came from and they look at the results.
“But there has been a lot of indifferent stuff over a long period.
“But at the end of the day, I always get where I want to go and it’s no different here.”
Titans coach John Cartwright was full of praise for his players, and was pleased with the way his side bounced back, after conceding an early 4th minute try.
“I thought there were patches in that game that is the best we’ve played this year,” Cartwright said.
“I thought Birdy was one of our best and Nate and Harro were great. It is a tough ask to ask them to back up from Origin and the signs are great.”