Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan spoke to the media after the sport…
Q: What did you make of that?
A: A grind, it wasn’t a simple win. They got here to play. They performed a system that disturbed us within the first half and we had numerous inside 50s however we weren’t getting something on the scoreboard, albeit we did kick a little bit inaccurately with the possibilities that we did have. I feel at half-time we had, what was it, 32 inside 50s for two.7. That’s not like us. They had been getting numbers again. After half-time we equalised it a bit extra and had been capable of get on prime across the contest. Give the forwards loads of provide and we had been capable of have a very efficient second half.
Q: Do you’re feeling prefer it’s one other step in your development? You’ve proven that you could win a few alternative ways this season.
A: You might be all the time hoping for and making an attempt for that. The gamers had been capable of adapt at half-time after the directions that we gave them. In order that’s a superb signal.
Q: How vital is it to win like that, particularly while you’re successful simply, most likely not simply, however successful by massive margins weeks prior. How vital is it for the staff’s growth to know they’ll try this when they’re trying a bit flat?
A: Yeah, it was good as a result of it felt a little bit bit just like the Bulldogs sport in sport three, it had that really feel about it, it was only a grind. I puzzled at half-time how we might reply. I feel we gave the boys some good directions at half-time about what they wanted to do. I assumed we attacked the objective sq. extra with longer kicks. As I mentioned, we equalised the numbers a little bit bit extra, so it was extra of a contest. They weren’t capable of interrupt our entries as a lot as they did within the first half. That made a distinction. I used to be fairly calm at half-time. We simply knew what we needed to do and the boys went out and executed it, which is the good half for them.
Q: Bombers had been undermanned in defence, was that an instruction to kick the ball longer and excessive in assault?
A: We talked about that coming into the sport. We knew they lacked a little bit of peak. They’ve numerous accidents in the intervening time. There is no such thing as a doubt while you’ve received Eric and Joey up there at over 200 centimetres it is best to be capable of get some benefit. Joey received the large benefit tonight in opposition to his outdated staff, performed a terrific sport, and so happy for him he was ready to try this.
Q: He was all enterprise tonight. He has had a fairly good run the final month or so.
A: For the reason that Canines sport when all of the world caved in on him about his efficiency he hasn’t performed too badly. It’s not nearly kicking targets although, it’s the competition he offers. He does some good things when he goes into the ruck as effectively, albeit generally it’s a little bit uncommon. He simply brings loads to the desk and his final 5 video games I suppose have been actually good.
Q: You say it’s not nearly kicking targets, however clearly his objective kicking has been problematic generally, however tonight he was kicking fantastically.
A: He kicked six straight or 6.1? That’s fairly good. That night time he received all of the criticism he kicked 0.4, nonetheless received photographs away. It was good he kicked straight, made essentially the most of his alternatives. That’s what forwards are there for. We most likely didn’t get as greater contribution from various gamers tonight with our objective kicking so it was actually nice that he stood up.
Q: You set Rayner straight into the centre sq. within the second half. Was there any pondering behind that?
A: No, we’ve been placing him within the centre bounces a bit over the course of the final three or 4 weeks since he has been again into the ahead line. I assumed he performed effectively tonight Cam. I assumed his energy and power across the contest was good, nice to see him end with that objective on the finish as a result of I assumed he labored fairly laborious in the course of the night time to create alternatives for others.
Q: I wish to return to one thing you mentioned earlier about half-time. You mentioned it was a very calm method. Clearly the third quarter was so significantly better than that second. I wish to get a glimpse into what that half-time was like and why this time you went for that calm method. Whereas different occasions admittedly when the staff’s had unperforming quarters we’ve seen a extra upbeat sort of a method from you?
A: Are you saying I’m fiery (laughing)?
A: I’m principally calm. I need to admit. I didn’t suppose there was something mistaken with our effort. There was numerous statistics that mentioned we had been doing effectively. We had been effectively up on inside 50s. The centre bounce was a crucial battle tonight as a result of they’ve been so good at scoring from centre bounces. And getting clearances from there. We broke about even. Jake Stringer wasn’t capable of get numerous clearance, which has been the sample over the past three or 4 weeks. I felt like we had been doing numerous issues proper and we wanted to keep it up. I because the coach wanted to inform the gamers we’ve received to equal the numbers up a little bit bit extra inside 50 in order that they couldn’t intercept in addition to they had been within the first half. After we had been capable of do. I wanted I had have achieved that at quarter time, however took me to half-time to work it out, however we labored it out. In the long run we received a superb end result.