St Kilda senior coach Ross Lyon is readying for a durable clash against Greater Western Sydney this Saturday, aiming to iron out any inconsistencies within his side while embracing the opportunity of playing against such an in-form and highly regarded opponent. 

Despite a gutsy and motivated win in last Sunday’s Gather Round clash against the Tigers, Lyon refuses to rest on his laurels ahead of this week's battle against the Giants, admitting his side has “moved on” from last week’s celebrations and is focusing on its duties this weekend at Manuka Oval. 

“Our fight was really good. We played some pretty powerful footy and our will to win was strong," Lyon said.

“But we’ve moved on, it’s done. We’re going up to play statistically the best team in the competition ... we need to play some consistent footy."

“(GWS) lost the (preliminary) final by a kick. They felt they let a premiership slip, they could’ve easily won the premiership.”


The ladder-leading Giants are one of three teams heading into Round 5 undefeated, with Coleman Medal leader Jesse Hogan (16 goals) leading an attacking half that ranks second for points scored.

“Hogan is powerful, (the Giants) are harnessing their talent," Lyon said.

“(Giants coach) Adam Kingsley is doing a great job."

But a steadfast and excited Lyon is looking forward to the challenge, optimistic about the opportunity that comes from playing quality opponents at a unique venue.

“The AFL has given us a great opportunity and we love it," he said.

“We love getting away as a group - it’s a good opportunity."


Marcus Windhager is expected to be available for selection after seeing out his one-match suspension, while Dougal Howard has recovered from a hamstring injury and is also in the selection mix.

The Saints will name their 23-man team to face the Giants at 6:20pm AEST today.