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Some Dogs must lift against Lions: Eade

By Sam Lienert 08/09/2009 02:39:26 PM Comments (0)

Western Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade says there is pressure on several underperforming players to lift in Friday night's cut-throat AFL semi-final against Brisbane.

The Bulldogs were very disappointed in their performance in losing their qualifying final to Geelong by 14 points on Saturday.

Eade said some players would be "under the pump" at selection and needed to improve if they played against the Lions.

"There's certainly some players who were either down last week or down for a couple of weeks," Eade said on Tuesday.

"It's more about what they can bring to the side and they haven't been able to do that.

"It's not so much about the (putting the) acid (on), but certainly talking about their responsibility to actually turn up this week."

While Eade did not publicly name the underperforming players, midfielder Ryan Griffen and half-forward Daniel Giansiracusa both had limited impact against Geelong.

Forwards Mitch Hahn and Josh Hill and ruckman Will Minson were also quiet.

While the Bulldogs produced numerous skill errors and missed simple shots for goal, Eade said there were many other less obvious mistakes.

"It's easy to see the dropped marks and missed kicks, but players working hard to cover for each other and man up, those sort of things were really missing in the first quarter-and-a-half," he said.

Giansiracusa, who has played three games since returning from a knee injury, acknowledged he was one who had to lift.

"As one of the leaders of the footy club I'm looking to get back on track," he said.

"It's up to the seven or eight of us in the leadership group to lead the way and I'm one of them, so I'm looking forward to getting out there."

Eade said Andrejs Everitt, Dylan Addison and Tim Callan would come into selection consideration this week.

He was confident forward Robert Murphy will be fit to play, despite copping a hit to the knee against the Cats, after already battling an injury.

Tall defender Tom Williams might return from a foot injury to help cover dangerous Brisbane forwards Jonathan Brown and Daniel Bradshaw, who booted nine goals between them as the Lions downed Carlton on Saturday night.

"It's probably a 20-30 per cent chance, it's more on the side he'll play at Williamstown," Eade said.

"He trained well today and we'll have another session later in the week and hopefully he might come into contention."

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