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Brown backs Fevola to re-set his radar

By Jim Morton 30/03/2010 06:52:05 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane skipper Jonathan Brown has dismissed Brendan Fevola's inaccurate debut as an aberration and predicted he'd kick straight on Thursday night to hurt Carlton.

Fevola warmed up for his showdown with the Blues by kicking 3.7, plus one wild shank out of bounds, in the Lions' 32-point victory over West Coast.

But Brown defended the controversial recruit's whole-hearted performance, as the pair of power forwards were a constant headache for the Eagles defence with 19 shots between them.

The captain believed Fevola, who enjoyed 18 possessions and took 10 marks, wasn't helped by a slippery ball on a humid night at the Gabba and expected he'd quickly adapt.

"Fev's a great goalkicker, he's a very accurate goalkicker, and I think on the weekend he just had one of those games - I've had plenty of those as well," Brown said on Tuesday.

"He's also finding the new surrounds of the Gabba and we only got onto it last week to start training.

"I think the main thing you are always looking for is 'how's your form in general play?', and if you get your footy that's the hardest part.

"He spends plenty of time on his goalkicking so I'm sure he'll put a good one out there on Thursday night.

"He wants to play well against his old side and we want to help him play well."

Brown couldn't have been happier with the performance of Brisbane's new-look forward line which also included Luke Power, Brent Staker and debutant Todd Banfield.

Vice-captain Power, a natural goalsneak, will still rotate through the midfield but will spend more time as a crumber.

"I think he has always been our most talented crumbing forward, certainly since Craig McRae retired, but he's been needed in other places," Brown said.

With Fevola playing very similarly to full-forward predecessors Daniel Bradshaw and Alastair Lynch, Brown didn't need to adapt his game to accommodate the Blues discard.

"We had 19 shots between us so we mustn't have got in each other's way too much," he said. "I'll be pretty happy if we can get 19 shots a week between the two of us.

"He went well. He had plenty of shots on goal and fitted into the crew really well."

Fevola kicked eight goals on the Lions in Carlton's six-point round 11 win at the Gabba last year and Brown felt the unpredictable Blues forward line would find it tough without him.

He said Brisbane's midfield would also scrap hard to ensure the Blues on-ballers, less the suspended Chris Judd, don't have the same luxury of sweeping upfield like they did in their opening-round thumping of Richmond.

"They do move well, but one of the things that does help us is not having Juddy there," Brown said.

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