Melbourne Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr says he has moved on quickly from his costly late error against the Raiders on the weekend and is ready to make amends against the Eels on Saturday night.
Addo-Carr lost the ball deep in defence during the closing stages of the Storm's 12-10 loss to Canberra and the mistake led to Englishman John Bateman running in the match-winning try.
The error was uncharacteristic for the affable Storm winger, who has been one of the mainstays and most consistent performers in helping Craig Bellamy's team to the minor premiership this season.
And that's why it was so hard for Addo-Carr to accept what had happened when he watched the Raiders snatch the victory in the dying stages of an eventful qualifying final.
"I work on that stuff every day and to lose like that is pretty heartbreaking," a frank Addo-Carr said.
"I tried to hit the ball up and didn't see the lad coming.
"I had braced myself and turned and as I turned someone has come behind me, hit my arm and the ball has flown out.
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"It wasn't ideal, but that is footy.
"I have moved on from it. I have got to look back at all the good times I have had and be the very best I can be this weekend."
The NSW Origin star admitted he was feeling extremely sorry for himself immediately after the defeat, but his teammates had helped galvanise him and ensure his mind was focused on the do-or-die clash against the Eels.
"It felt like a bad dream when I was standing there behind the goalposts when Jarrod Croker was about to kick the goal," Addo-Carr said.
"They [my teammates] were very supportive and I am very thankful, as they could have easily held a grudge but they came straight up to me and said that's footy.
"But I can't dwell on that type of thing as it doesn't define me as a player or a man.
"We have got a job to do against the Eels this week and it is going to be a tough game."
Addo-Carr believes the loss to the Raiders has only put a minor dent in the Storm's premiership chances and the dream is still alive if they can produce their best football over the next three weeks.
"It's not impossible," he said.
"If we believe in ourselves, stick to our game plan and have each other's back, we can go real far.
"It is going to be a great challenge."
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