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Lyon urges fans to keep the faith

17/05/2011 04:42:41 PM Comments (0)

St Kilda coach Ross Lyon has urged fans to keep faith with the Saints as they struggle through an AFL season from hell.

The 15th-placed Saints only have one win and a draw and are a shadow of the team that finished runner-up in the last two years.

But Lyon said they would continue to play to win and added youngsters such as Arryn Siposs and Jamie Cripps were good signs for the future.

"This isn't Armageddon just because of whatever we are, St Kilda is going to go on and we are building on a daily basis for the future," Lyon said.

But Lyon conceded the Saints needed to be harder at selection as they try to turn their form around.

"I need to keep the integrity of selection and maybe we have been a bit hopeful a few might turn it around," he said.

Lyon was then asked whether the tougher selection policy would start for Saturday's match against Melbourne.

"It's every week, clearly I need to get stronger on it," he said.

Lyon also backed out-of-form utility Brendon Goddard, saying he was probably trying too hard to help the team.

Responding to speculation about his own future as St Kilda coach, Lyon repeated his comments that he is contracted to the club until the end of next year and it will be the Saints, not himself, who decide how long he stays in the role.

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