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Lyon warns Saints still improving

By Crystal Ja 31/05/2009 03:02:58 PM Comments (0)

Ladder leaders St Kilda may be on the verge of the longest winning streak in their 112-year history, but coach Ross Lyon believes the team has yet to really hit its stride.

In an ominous warning to the rest of the competition, Lyon said the Saints - riding high on the top of the ladder with 10 consecutive wins - had yet to achieve the peak of their potential.

"We think our best is yet to come," he said following the Saints' 37-point demolition of Melbourne at the Gold Coast Stadium on Saturday.

The 11.17 (83) to 6.10 (46) win brings St Kilda's unbeaten record into the double digits, equalling their best string of victories which was set in the opening 10 games of 2004.

They could break it next week against the Kangaroos.

Lyon said the Saints still needed improving, noting a poor start against the cellar dwelling Demons, who managed to keep pace with their opponents before succumbing to a goalless second half.

Defender Lenny Hayes, who celebrated his 200th game last week, was on fire, notching 35 disposals in an unanimous best on ground performance, while skipper Nick Riewoldt was superb with four goals.

Even minus goal sneak Stephen Milne, who was a late withdrawal because of a knee strain, St Kilda toppled the Dees like dominoes, running over the top of them in the centre and shutting down their forward 50.

But it wasn't enough for Lyon, who said the Saints were too slow off the mark, wasting opportunities and playing cute.

"(There was) a lot to like, but execution (is) the main worry," he said.

"We were being a bit cute with the ball ... we overused the handball ... the rucks needed to lift.

"We're never completely satisfied and we've got a lot of things to work on."

The Saints are well placed to break their streak next week and even further improve their win ratio, with games against Carlton and Richmond scheduled before the ultimate round 14 blockbuster against Geelong at Etihad Stadium.

Lyon bristled when asked again about the scuttling of plans to move what should be a sell-out game to the larger capacity MCG, calling it a "moot point".

"It's not being moved so let's move on."

Another blackbanned issue was comparisons with Geelong, the only other unbeaten team in the competition after nine rounds.

Lyon instead focused on the struggle with complacency that comes with a string of dominant performances.

"Everyone loves to talk about results, but we focus on effort and how we want to play," he said.

"We understand that when we lose a game, or if we lose a game, if we've brought the effort and we weren't quite good enough, we can cope with that.

"If you don't get effort, then you can worry."

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