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The Raiders celebrate an Elliott Whitehead try.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says his team is guilty of trying too hard and wants last year's heroics to be forgotten after slumping to their third loss of the season on Saturday night.

The Green Machine delivered an almighty effort to get within range of victory with two tries in four minutes sending the game into golden point against the Eels.

However, Clint Gutherson's field goal ended any hope of Stuart's men snatching a win – the Raiders coach stunned the side managed to take the game as deep as they did in the first place after a clumsy opening period.

"I'll never debate that they'll never give in, I've said that for years," Stuart said.

"But you can never win a game in the first half but you can lose them. We keep making it very hard on ourselves with poor pieces of football and that was the case in the first 20 minutes after we spoke of wanting to start so well.

"It was actually amazing we got back to that scoreline. We looked tired in the middle patch of the second half and they got their tails up and got a roll on.

"Until we fix it we'll never get a bit of luck. You need a bit of luck in games but it's not there for us."

Match Highlights: Eels v Raiders

The Raiders' two-try effort late to send the game into golden point failed to rattle the blue and gold despite the home side blowing a 12-point lead with five minutes remaining.

Eels coach Brad Arthur said given the circumstances surrounding Mitchell Moses' injury he didn't want to be too critical of his team's finish.

"We needed to be better there to close the game out," Arthur said.

"I thought our first 20-25 minutes was really good, we completed at around 100 per cent and then the last 15 minutes of the half we went back-to-back on errors.

"We started the second half really good … built pressure and we knew we needed to control possession.

"I think we're in a good place in terms of desire, want and character that we're trying to build as a team."

Parramatta have retained their place on top of the competition ladder with the one-point victory after a gruelling month of games at Bankwest Stadium.

"We've played against the two grand finalists [the past fortnight] and showed we've got a bit of belief," Arthur said.

"There's still some areas we need to tidy up but if we can coming with the same attitude, which is the challenge every week, then we're going to be tough to beat."

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.