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St Kilda coach ignores top four talk

22/07/2008 06:59:22 PM Comments (0)

Vastly improved form and a kind draw have put a top four berth in St Kilda's reach, but coach Ross Lyon says the possibility has not been mentioned within the AFL club.

Just over a month ago, even finals looked an unlikely prospect for the Saints, who were languishing in 10th spot on a 5-7 record, having lost four of their previous five games.

Four wins from the past four rounds, the most impressive being Saturday night's second-half demolition of third-placed Hawthorn, have lifted the mood significantly.

And with only two of their remaining six games against fellow top eight clubs, they have a realistic chance of bridging the six-point gap to overtake Sydney in fourth spot.

But Lyon said the turnaround had been built on gradual improvement and letting the bigger picture take care of itself.

"We're looking for consistency week to week within games, within quarters and for consistency on the track," Lyon said

"... I understand everyone's crystal balling and trying to project but all I know is at a league club as soon as you look too far ahead you pretty quickly fall on your face.

"On any given day any team can beat any team, Melbourne have proven that, Fremantle have proven that and Port Adelaide."

Meanwhile, Lyon said former West Coast ruckman Michael Gardiner was in contention for a recall against his old club, with ruck-forward Justin Koschitzke serving a one-match suspension.

Michael Rix was another option to partner Steven King against Eagles star Dean Cox in Saturday's match at Subiaco.

Gardiner has not played a senior game since injuring his hamstring against Sydney in round 12, while Rix's only match this year was against Port Adelaide in round six.

"(Gardiner's) been training for a month, so he's reasonably well conditioned and he's a good athlete," Lyon said.

"But Michael Rix has been really fiercely competitive and we know Rix has got a huge tank and can run and he's played on Cox mainly before, so we've got some decisions to make."

How best to use utility Jason Blake, who played a starring role as an undersized pinch-hitting ruckman against the Hawks, was another factor.

But Lyon said his ideal team included two big men sharing ruck duties.

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