Lions find positives after loss
JOSH Drummond said if you had looked at anything but the scoreboard, you would have sworn the Brisbane Lions beat Geelong last weekend.
The Cats soundly beat Brisbane by 38 points at a sodden Gabba last Saturday night after the Lions failed to cash in on their statistical dominance.
They won the contested possessions 186-161, the inside 50s 54-46, tackles 111-94 and had more scoring shots (21-19), but still walked off the pitch convincingly beaten.
Drummond said the side was let down by its uncontested possession count (144-116) and inaccuracy in front of goal - 4.17 (41).
Although the season is quickly getting away from the side - which has two wins and three losses and sits in 12th position - Sunshine Coast product Drummond insists there are still positive signs.
"It's always disappointing when you set yourself against a quality opposition and to be beaten like that on the scoreboard," he said.
"I'm sure you're aware a lot of the stats were in our favour. We did a few things quite well, but at the end of the day if you don't finish your work and you concede easy goals against good teams, they take their toll.
"That's the lesson we learned and that's why they've (the Cats) been the benchmark for so many years and we've got a lot of work to do in that area.
"Having said that, there's a lot of positives to take out of it."
With six-goal hero Tom Hawkins a standout, the Cats' forward line savaged the Lions backs.
Although there might be an inclination to shift linchpin Daniel Merrett back into the defensive line, Drummond said there were other things to weigh up.
"With the new interchange rule and having only three guys on the bench, it's a big quandary," he said.
"Do you play two ruckmen?
With Louie (Matthew Leuenberger) going down... if you bring another ruckmen in, it can make you a bit top heavy. You've got to weigh up the pros and cons ... it's just one of those things you've got to weigh up."
"If you don't finish your work and you concede easy goals against good teams, they take their toll"