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Lions haven't gone backwards, says coach

By Laine Clark 06/07/2009 06:05:30 PM Comments (0)

The same mantra that rang around the Gabba after the Brisbane Lions' embarrassing 93-point loss at Geelong again resonated throughout the AFL club on Monday following a disastrous trip to Adelaide.

But Brisbane coach Michael Voss doesn't believe the Lions have gone backwards ahead of their return bout with the Cats at the Gabba on Saturday night.

Voss bemoaned the Lions' poor intensity and mindset following their 48-point loss to Port Adelaide, just as he did after the Geelong debacle in April.

It was hardly ideal preparation for their weekend showdown with Geelong.

Especially after the Cats were wounded by their first loss of 2009 - a six-point classic against St Kilda on Sunday that featured Voss in the crowd.

But Voss said of the Lions (6th; 8-6 record): "We have not gone backwards.

"If you lose a few games in a row in this competition you start losing your traction but right now it is not a reason to throw away everything that we have earned."

However, he hoped the Port Adelaide result had been a wake-up call for his troops.

"We just didn't bring our competitive instincts (to Adelaide)," he said.

"We got the stitch-up that we deserved.

"We've got to lick our wounds and realise that that's not our style. We have to be more confrontational.

"We have spoken about finals, but the reality is that you have to earn your spot.

"You don't ever get given anything in a competition like this.

"We need to turn up every week with that really competitive mindset and if we don't you get eaten alive."

Rather than dwell on the Port result, Voss took heart from their gallant 16-point, round nine loss to the Saints ahead of their daunting showdown with the Cats.

"We pushed them right to the very end - we have to do the same to Geelong," he said.

"If they are good enough in the end to beat us then so be it, but we have to find that out.

"Having a look at what St Kilda did against Geelong ... (showed) you need a genuine four quarter effort to be able to play against them - we have to be in their face."

Asked if the Lions had a point to prove against Geelong following the 93-point loss, Voss said: "Only to ourselves, not to anyone else."

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