Ross Lyon has lamented his side’s efforts and output against Brisbane on the main stage, chalking Friday’s game up as its most uncharacteristic outing of the season.
The Lions pulled away as 28-point victors after blitzing the clearances (40-30) and inside-50s (54-43), and despite the Saints drawing within three goals in the final term, were outplayed for close to siren-to-siren.
Led by Harris Andrews, Eric Hipwood and Lachie Neale, Brisbane proved a cut above through their effort and competitiveness; a fact Lyon was disheartened by.
“They pulled us apart a bit. It was pretty clear and simple their plan but it was pretty good,” Lyon said in his post-game press conference.
“I thought they monstered us around the ball in the first half, clearances 20-10. Our ball movement which has been good all year we struggled against, and all credit to them… they made it really difficult.
“We did a couple of things in the second (half) to get a little bit of flow, but at half-time really went to school with the mids about ‘don’t be slaves and start winning the ball’.
“Not much went right, but I don’t think it was luck, they made it happen. I thought we’d put up a better showing but we sit here disappointed. We’ve got to take the feedback.”
Friday’s result marks the first consecutive loss for the year, breaking a streak of alternating Ws an Ls which had carried on since Round 4.
St Kilda now sits with an 8-6 record with nine matches yet to play, however Lyon was dismissive of any parallels to the previous season.
“Sometimes people look for conspiracy where there’s just stupidity, or in this case, poor form,” Lyon said.
“I don’t think you can compare it. Our first half of the year we did it without key personnel, we got Max (King) back and we did it with a bunch of kids we’ve still got.
“I understand the narrative and there’s no judgment for me in it, but I think it’s apples and oranges a bit.
“I didn’t expect us to go through 22-0. Am I disappointed with tonight and for our fans, members and Spud’s Game? Yes, for sure.
“We’re pretty keen to turn it around. I know we’re better than that.”