PARRAMATTA Eels skipper Nathan Hindmarsh has made it quite clear: close enough isn't good enough.
The Eels lost another winnable game last week against St George Illawarra 14-12. It was their 10th loss of the season.
"At the end of the day, close enough isn't good enough and we need to start winning those close ones. Anything less than a win is disappointing," he said.
"It was an improvement from us on previous weeks but it just goes to show that 76 minutes of good footy isn't enough at this level, you need to be spot-on for the entire 80 minutes because a team like the Dragons can hurt you."
Hindmarsh praised fellow veteran Luke Burt on reaching 250 first grade games. The club celebrated the milestone during last night's game.
"I still remember when he made his debut in front of 100,000 fans back in 1999 and how nervous he was," he said.
"Now you look at him and he's the guy taking young blokes under his wing to help bring them through."