HULL KR: Salford a must-win, says Paea
HULL KR prop Mickey Paea accepts today's game at Salford is a must-win game if the Robins are serious about being a force in Super League this season.
It's the 11th game of a 27-match season with plenty of rugby still to play.
But defeat at Salford could see the Robins slip further behind the teams battling it out for the play-off places.
Defeat won't signal the end of their play-off hopes, but Paea accepts they cannot afford to lose too many more games.
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"Every game is a must-win game," Paea told the Mail. "We're not going out there to lose.
"Every game reflects the top eight and we need to win some games soon.
"We have to string a couple of wins together and hopefully we'll get some more key players back in and find our feet.
"We have to take it one game at a time. We have to focus on ourselves and learn from our mistakes."
Paea felt Rovers were in a good position to win the first derby of the season on Good Friday.
But once again, they struggled in the latter stages as Hull scored four tries in the final 15 minutes.
Paea hopes they can learn their lesson from yet another defeat and come home from Salford with a much-needed win.
"I thought the Hull game was there for the taking for the best part of 60 minutes," Paea said. "We cannot afford to drop off against good teams like Hull, who made us pay for it in the last 20 minutes.
"They had all the momentum and you can't allow a team to do that.
"It seemed the harder we tried the more we became our own worst enemy."
Paea accepts it's not just about getting the two points at Salford, but also about restoring pride.
He said: "We know the fans are hurting, but we are hurting even more.
"We have to restore a bit of pride against Salford.
"We have to have pride in each other and the Hull KR jersey.
"It's a very quick turnaround but it's good for us after what we dished up against Hull.
"It's an 80-minute game and if you drop off they will make you pay.
"If we want to make the top eight, Salford is a game we have to win."
KR's 19-man squad: Shannon McDonnell, Craig Hall, Ben Galea, Joel Clinton, Lincoln Withers, Keal Carlile, Liam Watts, Dave Petersen, Scott Taylor, Jason Netherton, Josh Hodgson, Mickey Paea, Graeme Horne, Scott Murrell, Michael Dobson, Jordan Cox, Con Mika, Kris Welham, Sam Latus.