I saw the half time score and immediately thought of you. Enjoy the week!!!Â 8)Â ;D Once were premiership favourites, Warriors slide into oblivion Jessica Halloran | June 8, 2009 WARRIORS coach Ivan Cleary admitted yesterday his side's finals hopes were looking grave after yesterday's loss to Cronulla but was optimistic the team would pull through its mid-season slump. The Warriors made a late run last season to make the finals before being eliminated one game out from the grand final. This keeps Cleary hopeful they will again be in the running for the premiership when the 2009 play-offs roll around. "I get some comfort out of the fact we seem to be in this position every year," he said. "We've been there and done it before. We've just got to be focusing on what's next, and that's the Knights, who are going really well, at home next week. There's only one way to keep improving, and that's working hard and getting some confidence out of that. We've got a lot of work to do." The Warriors have won four games this year, which Cleary admitted was disappointing. "I certainly would have hoped to be doing better, but that's pretty obvious," said Cleary, who signed a two-year contract extension last week. The Warriors were lagging from the start at Toyota Stadium yesterday and trailed 18-0 after 29 minutes. Cronulla went on to win their third game of the season, 18-10. The Warriors have fallen to 12th, five points outside the top eight, at the season's halfway point. Cleary suspected that last week's tough win over the Wests Tigers may have nullified their strength. The Warriors play the Knights at Mt Smart Stadium on Friday night. Captain Steve Price is wary of the short time they have to recover. "It's a four-day turnaround," he said. "So we've got to jump back on the horse real quick."