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Voss shifts focus to Carlton clash

By Laine Clark 30/03/2009 08:24:07 PM Comments (0)

It doesn't get any easier for Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss.

The intense pressure of his official AFL coaching debut may have passed - with a win to boot.

But there will be no let up for Voss as he ponders not one but two conundrums.

Who does returning star midfielder Simon Black replace in his winning team?

And how do you stop the Carlton juggernaut?

Voss took the round one blinkers off on Monday and didn't like what he saw - a Saturday night Etihad Stadium showdown with the Blues.

That's the Carlton outfit now third in line for the flag with bookies after they "physically monstered" Richmond last week.

Needless to say Brisbane backslapping over last Saturday night's nine-point win over West Coast is over.

"So much goes into getting the boys ready for round one you can sometimes forget about round two," Voss said.

"For us we've got to shift our focus very quickly from a good result and something to savour for 24 hours to the realisation that we've got things to do ahead of taking on an opposition that is in pretty good form."

Black did not feature in the season-opening win at the Gabba after a horror pre-season in which he endured everything from a gastro bug to a broken hand.

The Brownlow Medallist is expected to line up against the Blues, ensuring Voss must commit a coaching cardinal sin - change a winning team.

"(But) I think it is always a nice problem, not for the individual (cut) of course," Voss said.

"Coming into round two we get to pick 22 fit guys which is a nice problem to have."

What isn't a nice prospect for Voss is taking on Carlton after watching them thrash Richmond.

It seems Voss the coach will demand his team show the physical aggression typical of Voss the player in a bid to blunt the Blues.

"We play against an opposition that are physically demanding," Voss said.

"Watching Carlton last week against Richmond, they physically monstered the Tigers.

"We go up against a team that is going to try and do that to us in their backyard - we have to be physically ready to take that on."

But Voss was confident the Lions were up to the task after beginning contact work with the squad way back in November - two months earlier than his predecessor Leigh Matthews.

"Vossy is one of the most aggressive players to play the game," Lions co-vice captain Jed Adcock told AAP.

"That is something that we have tried to focus on heavily, starting our contact work back in November.

"The earlier you can stamp your authority in the aggression and contact on the field the better."

The Lions' prodigal son may have successfully returned, but Voss reckons he will never get comfortable in the coaching hot seat.

"The same pressure will be there, the same intensity. I will learn from what we did right and what we did wrong (each week)," he said.

"But I don't think it will ever change. Your experience might become greater, (but) you continue to learn."

Meanwhile, classy utility Jared Brennan (quad) was "another week or two away".

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