Canterbury Bulldogs coach and Dubbo product Dean Pay urges his side to keep working towards top form

DEFIANT: Dean Pay has been left frustrated after a number of tight losses but he's backing his Bulldogs to turn their form around. Photo: AAP
DEFIANT: Dean Pay has been left frustrated after a number of tight losses but he's backing his Bulldogs to turn their form around. Photo: AAP

Canterbury coach and Dubbo product Dean Pay remains confident his team can turn around their record in close games despite falling to another demoralising NRL defeat on Monday.

The Bulldogs bounced back from a horrid start against the St George Illawarra Dragons to take the lead early in the second half only to concede two penalties and lose by two points.

It means six of their past seven losses have been by eight points or less.

"It's been a number of games this year. We've been very close but we just haven't got the result," Pay said.

The Bulldogs have endured a horrid season on and off the field, with the club recently revealing the salary cap pressure that is likely to result in star fullback Moses Mbye exiting the club by June 30.

With just three wins on the board - equal with last-placed Parramatta, who have a bye in hand - they are also set to miss the finals for the second season in a row.

It means Pay is a genuine chance of finishing with the wooden spoon in his first season as coach but the club legend is banking on the team improving its ability to deliver in the clutch.

"We've been beaten by six or less five or six times," he said.

"You jag those and you're a long way up the ladder but at the moment the reality is we're not. We've just got to keep working hard on our performances each week and getting them better.

"That way we can hopefully get what we're looking for."

The former Dubbo CYMS mentor now has to rally his troops again ahead of next weekend’s clash with the Gold Coast.

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