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Ah yes, the support of the players. He just needs to get the full support of the board and he'll officially be a dead man walking
Cowboys not pointing fingers at coach after season of misery
TRENT SLATTER, Townsville Bulletin
August 5, 2019 5:03pm
COWBOYS captain Michael Morgan has thrown his support behind embattled coach Paul Green, saying the blame lies just as much with the players for their shortcomings this season.
Pressure is mounting on Green ahead of Thursday night’s Queensland derby against the Broncos in Townsville after the Cowboys slumped to a miserable 28-4 loss to the Wests Tigers last weekend.
The defeat has effectively ended North Queensland’s top eight hopes given they need to win all five remaining games to avoid missing the finals for the second year in a row.
Former Blues coach Laurie Daley has led calls for Green to step down and give the Cowboys a fresh start, but Morgan insisted the players were also feeling the pinch for their disappointing campaign.
“Just given the way we’ve been going those things do get said obviously and as a player it’s never nice to see or hear that,” Morgan said.
Cowboys coach Paul Green speaks at the post match media conference at the end of the round 18 NRL match against the Rabbitohs at 1300SMILES Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)
“We’ve never once tried to point the finger at anyone else. We do take responsibility for it.
“We by no means come in here after a loss and think that close enough is good enough because it hasn’t ever been the case here and it isn’t at the moment.
“It hasn’t been an ideal season and the past few weeks haven’t been the best, but we’re under no illusions of where we’re at as a team at the moment and we’ll work to try and get better.”
The Cowboys are only four points adrift of seventh place on the ladder after other results fell their way last weekend, but Morgan felt the onus was still on them to perform.
“We can’t just sit here wishing and hoping that we make the semis. It is really up to us how far our season goes at the moment,” he said.
“Results might have gone our way on the weekend, but I honestly don’t look at the ladder because I don’t like seeing where we’re sitting.
Michael Morgan of the Cowboys is tackled during the round 20 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the North Queensland Cowboys at Leichhardt Oval on August 01, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
“The sooner we can get into some decent footy and string a couple of good performances together, even 80 minutes together.
“We haven’t done that for quite a while so the sooner we can do that the better.”
The Cowboys-Broncos clash has become one of rugby league’s greatest rivalries and Morgan hoped the occasion would only add to his side’s motivation as they look to shake off the loss to the Tigers.
“It was obviously quite embarrassing and you always want to try and make up for it and given it is a bigger game it’s probably a good one to do it,” he said.
“Given the recent history between the two teams it is always exciting and hopefully a full crowd here can make it that little bit better.”