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Lions did not meet expectations: Voss

By Sam Lienert 12/09/2009 12:13:19 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane coach Michael Voss says he and his AFL team do not want any kudos for taking the Lions significantly further than they have been since he captained them to a grand final in 2004.

Voss acknowledges many onlookers will highly rate their achievement of notching their first finals appearance in five years, then taking it a step further with last weekend's comeback elimination final win over Carlton.

And the first-year coach is happy his younger players gained some valuable finals experience.

But his over-riding feeling after Friday night's 16.11 (107) to 8.8 (56) semi-final loss to the Western Bulldogs ended his club's season, is disappointment that their performance did not fully reflect their capabilities.

"Being able to play in those finals and getting that experience is worthwhile, but we're not pleased with where we're at," Voss said.

"A lot of people will pat us on the back for where we've got to, I don't subscribe to that at all.

"Because I think we were capable enough (on Friday night) and we didn't produce, so I don't think we met our expectations at all.

"We might have met external expectations but we didn't meet our own and that's the standard that we must hold higher than everything else. That's where we're at now and that's why it's pretty disappointing."

Voss said there were several areas his team had a down night.

Most notable was a string of missed shots for goal, as well as frequent turnovers coming out of defence which resulted in Bulldogs' goals.

Both of those aspects were affected by their struggle to cope with a very windy night.

He said the Lions also ended up on the wrong end of too many contested situations, either failing to wrap up Dogs in tackles, or being wrapped up themselves too easily.

Voss said he had trained his side with the aim of executing skills well and contesting hard under fierce finals pressure, but they had failed when it counted.

"All those little things count in a pressure environment - the wind, the occasion, the MCG, the opposition, you've got to survive that," he said.

"Everything we do and what we do our preparation for is to survive this occasion and we failed it, so at the moment we've got plenty of work to do."

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