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Lions ready to roar against Crows

Laine Clark 26/05/2011 07:57:19 PM Comments (0)

Usually AFL teams learn a valuable lesson from a loss.

But Joel Patfull says the Brisbane Lions have been studying a rare win ahead of Sunday's clash with the Crows in Adelaide.

He said last year's upset over Collingwood had been their focus as they looked to back up from last round's drought-breaking win over North Melbourne.

The second-last Lions (1-7 record) hope to get on a roll after finally notching their first win of the season - a 14-point result over the Kangaroos.

But Patfull said they were taking nothing for granted after the debacle that followed last year's boilover win against the Magpies.

In 2010, the Lions snapped a five-game losing run with an eight-point result in round 10 over the eventual premiers.

It had the makings of a season-turning victory.

Instead, the Lions won just two of their remaining 12 games.

Desperate to salvage something from 2011, Patfull said the Lions could not afford to make the same mistake again.

"We have actually watched a bit of footage of the Collingwood game," Patfull said on Thursday.

"But the next week, we played North Melbourne and had a pretty disappointing game.

"We are aware of that (losing slump that followed) and have to make sure we don't do the same thing this year.

"It took a while for us to get that first win so, now we have got that out of the way, we can look forward to the rest of the season."

The 12th-placed Crows would also be forgiven for looking at footage of a Collingwood match ahead of Sunday's clash - for very different reasons.

Last round, Adelaide let a 23-point final term lead slip in their remarkable 43-point loss to the Magpies.

The Crows were plucked by 11 unanswered goals - but Patfull still believed they could soar on Sunday.

"I reckon they are playing well," he said.

"Collingwood are the best team in the comp and they pushed them for three quarters so they are going to be a challenge for us."

History is against the Lions - they have not defeated Adelaide at AAMI Stadium since round eight in 2005.

"It is always tough there. It is important we get off to a good start and get the crowd out of the equation," Patfull said.

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