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Holbrook: We have to turn those close ones into wins

It was jubilation and then heartbreak as 15,111 fans at Cbus Super Stadium watched the Titans produce a massive second half comeback against the Roosters, only to fall one point short.

It was a Sam Walker field goal that proved the difference, with the Roosters taking the win 35 points to 34.

"It's the same feeling as last week (against Melbourne)," Coach Justin Holbrook said post match.

"We tried really hard to win and we fell just short.

"We have to try and turn those close ones into wins and we all know we need them.

"I'm proud of the boys and our fight back and we did some really good things but we are getting ourselves into winning opportunities and just weren't good enough to win it.

"We've just got to defend better and then we are going to win those games.

"I honestly sit here and think there probably aren't too many sides that are happy with their defence.

"The momentum of the game and the speed of the game, it is hard, but we need to keep working on it because we have got to nullify those situations and be good enough to win and at the moment we're not and we're falling just short."

In just his second NRL appearance and his first in front of a home crowd on the Gold Coast, Greg Marzhew had a strong game on the wing, running for 213 metres.

Jayden Campbell was also strong in his second game for the club, while Jamal Fogarty had arguably his best game of the season as he scored two tries and set up two more.

Tino Fa'asuamaleaui and David Fifita, both backing up from a mid-week State of Origin appearance, also managed to have an impact as they came off the bench.

"I'm really happy that they chose to back up for us and they tried really hard for us," Holbrook said.

"Not starting those boys gave us real strike coming off the bench.

"Even if we were good enough to win you still look at the ways you've got to improve."

The Titans will host Manly at Cbus Super Stadium next Sunday, with another big crowd expected.