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No blood-letting at Saints, says Lyon

Steve Larkin 01/05/2011 10:17:19 AM Comments (0)

St Kilda coach Ross Lyon says there won't be any blood-letting amid his AFL club's early season woes.

Last year's beaten grand finalist has just one win from five matches following a 19 point loss to Adelaide on Saturday night.

"We don't react to the scoreboard," Lyon said.

"We have got a process in place of preparation and it has stood the test of time, we won't (make a) knee-jerk reaction, there is no blood-letting.

"There is just a methodical analysis, and improvement, and keep working until we get what we want."

The Saints trailed Adelaide by five goals at halftime before rallying in the third term, during which skipper Nick Riewoldt was concussed.

Riewoldt was stunned in an accidental collision with Crow Graham Johncock but passed a mandatory concussion test, Lyon said.

"His test was fine, he actually executed that test you have got to do, but then his vision (suffered)," he said.

"He has delivered for a long period of time for this football club so certainly a no risk policy, and we're hopeful that he will get right for next week."

Lyon held faith that the Saints, who face Carlton at Etihad Stadium next Sunday, "are still quite a good team".

"There is some exciting stuff, but what we need to do is produce that for four quarters, we have got a clear template of how to do that," he said.

"We are a serious football club and we'll keep getting in personnel and systems and keep working on them and improving them and we'll become a better football club."

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