Knights out to prolong Raiders’ agony

CANBERRA faces the prospect of taking ownership of an unwanted record if it doesn't beat Newcastle at GIO Stadium today.

The Raiders' round-three defeat to the Gold Coast was their fifth straight at home, equalling the club's worst ever losing streak on home soil set in 1985-86.

But a fired-up Knights combination appears ready to extend the poor run even further.

The Knights head to the nation's capital having been told a few home truths by the best coach in the business, Wayne Bennett.

Last week's 28-2 defeat to the Cowboys followed an emotional 30-0 victory over the Sharks which the players used as a tribute to injured forward Alex McKinnon.

But Bennett said after Newcastle crumbled to the north Queenslanders, his players needed to play with the same desperation that other clubs had already adopted, even though the season was not even a quarter of the way completed.

The question mark hanging over this game is whether or not halfback Jarrod Mullen (pictured) will play.

Newcastle has confirmed he will and Raiders coach Ricky Stuart thinks he will.

If he does, it changes a lot of things and makes the contest a lot more interesting.

It certainly would give Newcastle a much better chance to reverse their round-two loss to Canberra at Hunter Stadium in March.