Voss hails Lions' best win

Sportal August 19, 2012, 10:54 am
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Brisbane's shock 10-point win over high-flying Adelaide on Saturday night was easily their best of the season, according to chuffed coach Michael Voss.

In a stunning comeback, the Lions came back from 38 points down at quarter-time to register a stirring victory over one of the form teams of the competition at the Gabba.

It was the second time Voss' men have been able to topple an AFL heavyweight at home this season.

In Round 10, they rallied late to claim a thrilling two-point win over West Coast, who at that point were top of the ladder.

But this time Brisbane were able to genuinely dominate the Crows across three quarters, and that left Voss pleased to no end.

"That's a better (win). Different in nature, clearly, but that was a better one," he said when asked to compare the game to the Round 10 match.

"We've come from (38 points) down. To do that against a team that is in really good form, and they've got a clear lead on us, and we've chased them down.

"That's validation for the guys to know they can actually sustain the effort.

"This group does have tremendous character about them. If they set their minds to it, they can run out games really strong.

"We've been through some fairly adverse times and they do have a will there. We've just got to make sure we can sustain it for more often across the season."

Against one of the best midfields in the AFL, the Lions won the contested possession count by 20, edged Adelaide in tackles 55-53 and had only one less clearance.

Jack Redden, who had 30 disposals, nine tackles and seven clearances, was easily Brisbane's best, and his efforts in midfield led the team's charge.

"That enabled so many other things to be able to happen in our play," Voss said of the brilliance of his on-ballers.

"In the end, I thought we had a really comprehensive win - even though the scoreboard didn't say so, I just thought in general play we were getting things done.

"Even though the first quarter didn't look that great, we were still getting our hands on it a little bit. We were just making it really tough for ourselves.

"We addressed that at quarter-time, spoke about a few things to improve that, and guys were pretty composed and made it more of a contest inside."

The win now gives the Lions a shot of belief after a poor few weeks of football, and Voss said his men can now see the light at the end of the rebuilding tunnel.

"I've said a number of times we've made progress as a footy team, but unless there are results that can consolidate that view - it can sometimes be a bit of a waste," he said.

"I know there's progress in this group. It's coming together, and I think they can see it and feel it. I can see it and feel it.

"I just hope from a Brisbane public's point of view, they can see it too and we can get more bums on seats and more membership, because it's critical to the lifeblood of the club."

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