Lions expect to maul Demons

Sportal June 26, 2012, 9:11 am
Michael Voss

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Brisbane coach Michael Voss is looking for a repeat of the effort that saw his side destroy the Western Bulldogs when the Lions take on Melbourne at the Gabba on Sunday.

The Lions head into the encounter in the unusual - for this season - position as favourites against the lowly Demons but Voss will be working hard this week to ensure his men are focussed on victory.

Speaking on Monday, Voss said that his side must beat teams around or below his side on the ladder if the Lions were to earn some respect.

"No doubt, when you talk about expectation, games against teams like Melbourne are certainly ones we have to expect to win," Voss said.

"It's not to do with capability but where we are on the ladder.

"It's a true eight-point match if you walk away with the win."

Voss' men went to Etihad Stadium as underdogs in last Saturday's clash with the Bulldogs but came away with victory to join the Dogs on 20 points.

And, while he said has been happy with the Lions form over the past month, the coach is craving back-to-back wins.

"I don't think we should shy away from (the favourites tag)," he said.

"But despite the fact that we have got some consistency, we haven't got back-to-back wins yet," he said.

"The big thing for us is to replicate the effort (from the Bulldogs game).

"We need to get that meticulous consistency in our performance that allows you to have a shot at winning no matter who you are playing or what they are doing."

While Voss conceded the Demons match was one the Lions were expected to win, he also pointed to Melbourne's form over the past couple of weeks, where they have won two of their last three games, their only loss being an honourable one to Collingwood in the Queen's Birthday clash.

"If you look at Melbourne's form lately they rolled Essendon the week we beat West Coast they are going ok."

"We can't be involved in perception, we can only go on current form.

"Assumption of victory is a very, very dangerous thing."

Voss added that veteran defender Matt Maguire would have scans on Tuesday to reveal the extent of the elbow injury suffered against the Dogs.

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