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Round 20 Players’ Player Michael Lichaa has spoken with the media ahead of Friday’s all-important clash with the Sydney Roosters.

After a disappointing performance against the Cronulla Sharks at Belmore on the weekend, Lichaa and the playing squad know they need to be better.

“The whole team is disappointed,” Lichaa said.

“We didn’t play good enough, we weren’t disciplined enough and to give away a 14 to six penalty count, it just isn’t good enough.”

The Bulldogs now have a five day turnaround ahead of the Roosters and it’s very simple as to what the team needs to address.

“Hold the ball. We know if we get our completions up, we are a hard team to beat, but that’s easier said than done for us at the moment.”

Many on lookers were hoping for a repeat from Round 16 when the Bulldogs blew the Storm off the park in the return to Belmore match, but the performance in the second game back at the spiritual ground lacked intensity and purpose.

“It was one of those games where maybe we thought it was just going to happen for us," Graham said. 

"Especially after what happened the last time we were here and what not. I don't know if we as a group approached it the right way.

"I could sense from the get-go that they really came to play and honestly I think they just wanted it a little bit more."

Sunday just wasn’t the Bulldogs and with the team now on 22 points, they have a great opportunity to turn things around this week against an in-form Roosters outfit looking for win number seven on the trot.

“We know we can bounce back and there’s a really good opportunity to do it against the Roosters.”

“We need to focus on ourselves, hold onto the ball and we’ll get the wins.”

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