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Big win, but 'poor' effort: Voss

By Laine Clark 28/06/2009 12:02:34 PM Comments (0)

Alarm bells are ringing for Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss - after a 55-point win.

In a sign of just how far the Lions have come this season, Voss was not a happy camper despite his side overwhelming the hapless Melbourne Demons 16.15 (111) to 8.8 (56) at the Gabba on Saturday night.

Voss would have been forgiven for simply winning after the Lions suffered a shock one point loss to the Demons in the corresponding match last year, sparking a horror run that cost them a shot at finals footy.

Indeed there was much to be happy about for Voss.

The Lions (8-5 record) remained on track for a top four finish with their third win in four games.

And there were enough individual efforts to warrant a smile on any coach's face - but that was part of the problem, according to Voss.

"Individuals had contributed but I can't recall anything that we got out of it as a team," Voss said.

"And one of the hallmarks of our team is that we have got the result as a group, but we didn't connect too well (on Saturday night).

"It's not being disrespectful to our opposition in any way but I thought it was one of our poorer performances of the year.

"We have got to hold high standards for ourselves as a team and we didn't reach those standards whatsoever."

So concerned was Voss that memories of their 93-point loss at Geelong earlier this year came flooding back.

"It's nice to be saying this on the back of a win, rather than a loss like Geelong," Voss said.

"But we have to revert to Geelong because we can't be in that situation again.

"We just didn't connect as a group (against Melbourne) - we did things I didn't like seeing.

"We tended to want to take on the world rather than do the team thing - (we didn't) share the ball, get the ball where we needed it.

"I hope we can eradicate it quite quickly because it can be quite cancerous."

There were the usual suspects for the Lions against the Demons - Jonathan Brown had five goals and Daniel Bradshaw four.

Midfielders Luke Power (33 disposals) and Simon Black (29) were relentless while draftee Daniel Rich (two goals, 20 touches) continued his meteoric rise.

But Voss hoped his side were "pissed off" despite almost winning by 10 goals.

Especially after being outscored six goals to three in the final term.

"I don't think anyone is jumping for joy out there," Voss said.

"We know that by going to an away venue it takes everyone to be able to win."

Brisbane take on Port Adelaide away next round.

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