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Last word: Last week was pleasing, but it's now time to back it up against Bulldogs

There were pleasing signs for Justin Holbrook’s men in the narrow 16-12 loss last Saturday, but the Titans coach doesn't want to stop short of going one better in today's bout against the Bulldogs.

Knowing the importance of backing up those efforts to continually show improvement and help finish the season strong, the Gold Coast mentor has worked with his side to try this week to ensure they ice the game, which proved to be the challenge with the local derby in the balance for a majority of last week's second half.

"We've just got to get the job done," Holbrook said.

"We just missed a couple of opportunities to ground the footy at different stages and that's what you get when you haven't been winning, so we're just going to work that little bit harder and turn that into a win.

"We showed last week that we were close and I think everybody played well for that. We just got to do it again on Sunday."

Adding to the effort on display, something else to be satisfied with was the lack of inconsistent patches in the game, which has troubled the Titans all season.

Feeling that has been a by-product of his young roster, which are growing with experience game by game, it's positive signs it's now just those turning points that have to be perfected.

"Inexperience can get you into trouble and we've learned a hard lesson in that area this year," Holbrook said.

"There's been plenty of periods in games where there's been blocks of 10 minutes or blocks of 15 minutes, and we've spoken about that a lot, but that's unfortunately what we've had to deal with.

"There weren't any blocks (of inconsistency) last week, but there were a couple of little key moments and a couple of near misses that, we've just got to try and convert and then we'll be okay."

'We've got to add a bit of spark and JC will do that' - Holbrook

A player who will go a long way in helping convert those moments is Jayden Campbell, who returns from injury and will play a dynamic role off the bench that will be shaped dependent on what's happening in the clash.

"We'll see how the game's travelling. The medical staff didn't want him playing 80 minutes in his first game back, so the luxury of bringing him off the bench is he's not going to play big minutes," Holbrook said.

"We've got the luxury of being able to move AJ (Brimson) around a bit, so we'll just see how the game's panning out, but I think it's the right call to have that type of player on the bench for us.

"We've got to add a bit of spark to our team and JC will do that at some stage."

Although their opposition are 14th on the ladder, the Titans will need to be cautious of the Bulldogs with their change in performances over the last month, and in front of their home fans, will be wanting to chase their fifth win of the season.

"They're playing so differently and they're really backing themselves now," Holbrook said.

"They've gone from playing really conservative to the exact opposite. They're offloading the ball, everybody is just throwing it around in the back end and they;'re all ready to play, which makes them a dangerous side.

"They've had a few good wins lately, so we know we've got to be really wary of that defensively."

Kick-off is at 2pm at CommBank Stadium, Sydney.

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.