St George Illawarra are scratching around for confidence, Benji Marshall admits, as the joint-venture desperately try to keep their NRL season alive.
The Dragons have won just three of their last eight fixtures and slumped to their third successive loss to Wests Tigers on Sunday.
The joint venture remain in finals contention, sitting two points outside the top eight with six rounds remaining.
But star playmaker Marshall, who has struggled with a hamstring injury for much of the year, knows they have to turn things around quickly.
“We have definitely made it tough for ourselves and probably got a lot of people on our backs because of it,” Marshall said.
“But we need to stick together as a team and find out what is going to turn it around.
“We just need that one moment to click our confidence into gear. Because I will be honest with you we are lacking confidence in a lot of areas of the game.
“Whether that is due to outside noise or outside pressure or (being) scared to make a mistake or the pressure of where we are on the table, we just need something to go our way, something to turn the season around and that is going to be hard work.”
Marshall said his side were letting themselves down in key moments.
“We need to be better, we need to be tougher in those moments when the game is in the balance. We are not toughening those moments out,” he said.
The Wests Tigers premiership winner admitted he was struggling to overcome his injury troubles.
“It is very frustrating because it is hard to get consistency and timing,” he said.
“For me it has been a bit of a step forward and then a step back and then starting again and trying to get through games not worrying about injury.
“You might think you are not worrying about it but it is the back of your head there.”