David Skipwith is the Herald's rugby league reporter

NRL: I've made mistakes - Andrew McFadden

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden admits he made mistakes throughout yet another disappointing season and accepts responsibility for the side's poor performances ultimately lie with him.

With the Warriors missing the playoffs for a third straight year under his watch, McFadden's position is under threat despite having a year remaining on his contract.

His fate will ultimately be determined after management completes a post-season review following Sunday's final round dead rubber against Parramatta at Mt Smart Stadium but he remains committed to continuing in the role.

Finishing the year with a win after three straight losses including home defeats to South Sydney and Wests Tigers is imperative but McFadden won't be judged on the outcome of the Eels clash alone after an inconsistent season that earned just 10 wins from 23 starts.

"It's one game and it's important that we play with some spirit," said McFadden. "What the outcome of that is I'm not sure. Time will tell.

"At this stage I still feel like I can contribute a lot to this club. I know I've got the support of the players and I know that there will be questions asked at the end of the year.

"For the moment I've just got to prepare for this game."

The 38-year-old believes he made both good and bad decisions throughout the campaign that saw him frequently criticised particularly over team selections and their up and down form.

Poor discipline on defence and a lack of ball control were both constant sources of frustration and McFadden admitted to suffering sleepless nights wondering how to fix these issues.

Whatever improvements were made this year are difficult to see when the team's results indicate that next to nothing has changed and he accepts it is his job to inspire his players to perform to the best of their ability.

"I'm sure I'll sit back and be able to say I've made a few (bad decisions) but I've made a lot of good decisions as well and I'm very proud of that," he said. "I think very deeply about this team and what we need to make it click. We have done a lot of good things this year but the results will tell us that we still fell short.

"The results on the field, I've got to take responsibility for that. The players are really trying hard and it certainly falls on me. The responsibility is on me to get the best out of these players and there's been times when we've really done well but in the last three weeks we've really let ourselves down."

McFadden refuses to blame a poor season start or the three golden point defeats later in the year for their bleak predicament, but a poor showing at home to Manly in round six, the Anzac Day belting in Melbourne, and back-to-back losses to Penrith and Canberra prevented them from gaining any traction.

"None of those golden point losses really stands out. We competed really hard in those games and that's what we want.

"Our start of the season hurt us. Not the early rounds, we did some OK things early, but there were a couple of games where we really underperformed and particularly midseason around our issues.

"That was probably the really challenging part of our year and we didn't have enough games up our sleeve to make it."

- NZ Herald

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