Gould lashes ‘stale’ Cowboys’ style
PHIL Gould holds grave fears for the Cowboys and their playing style under coach Paul Green as they enter a horror six-week run.
The Cowboys are coming off a horror 34-0 first-half performance against the Tigers and face the top five teams on the ladder and an in-form Manly side in the next six rounds.
"I think the Cowboys are under more pressure than anyone," Gould said on 100% Footy.
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"I said it in game one of the year when they lost to Brisbane, there was something about them I really didn't like. I thought that they looked really stale and old and it just didn't look fresh enough for me.
"They haven't played a top-eight side yet. They've still got the hard half of the competition to play."
Green is under pressure to fix his side's ailing defence and rejuvinate their stale attack or they could find themselves on a nine-game losing streak by Round 13.
"What happened on the weekend, down 34-0 after 36 minutes, you can't tolerate that," Gould said.
"There's something drastically wrong, to be beaten by halftime by that score. Everyone's saying, 'Oh, the second half was better'. My god, the other side just got tired.
"It was disgraceful. And for me, he (Green) is the one under most pressure more than anyone.
"I think that what's happening up there has just gone unnoticed; it's up in North Queensland, we don't look at it all that much.
"But they haven't played the top sides yet, they've played everyone in the bottom eight. It's going to get very ugly for them before the end of the season."
The Cowboys next six games are against the Knights (2nd, H), Eels (1st, A), Roosters (4th, H), Panthers (3rd, A), Sea Eagles (7th, H), Raiders (5th, H).