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Holbrook heartened by chances created but execution lacking

Titans coach Justin Holbrook was heartened by the many chances his team created in a 20-4 loss to the Raiders but felt they learned a lesson in execution.

Holbrook conceded he should've replaced halfback Jamal Fogarty earlier than the 52nd minute after he copped an early quadriceps cork but is hopeful he will face Newcastle next week.

The Gold Coast also lost winger Anthony Don to a seemingly serious second-half hip injury at Netstrata Jubilee Oval but Holbrook couldn't confirm the severity.

"When you lose a halfback and a winger and you're chasing points, it makes it very hard to win," Holbrook said without blaming those casualties for the defeat.

Don was twice denied a try by desperate Raiders defence in the opening term while hooker Mitch Rein also spilled the ball over the tryline.

Titans strike from long-range before the break

A 68 percent completion rate ruined their attacking promise.

"I was going to say we were unlucky not to be leading at half-time, but you've got to be good enough to finish those," Holbrook said.

"It wasn't luck, we just didn't finish them off. It could've made it a different game and then it just got harder … We were a bit out-of-sorts."

However, he didn't dwell on the negatives with the Titans sitting 2-2 after four games heading into their round five clash with the Knights.

Match Highlights: Titans v Raiders

"If I was sitting here blown off the park and we didn’t make a line break and didn't look like scoring, I'd be really concerned," Holbrook added.

"The upside is we created plenty of chances. We're going to get better, we know that. [Canberra] are a pretty-well established side … We're not far off as a group and I'm happy with that.

"There were enough good signs there tonight … As a coach you want to win every week and while the 80 minutes was on I was very disappointed.

"But the longer I calm down and think about it, there are plenty of things to like about our side. Everyone kept trying."


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