Brisbane mentor Chris Fagan denies the Lions’ MCG history has grow to be a “monkey” on their backs but admits the club produced the incorrect simply call in finding their substitute for the heartbreaking reduction against Richmond.
The Lions looked established to conclusion a 10-activity dropping streak at the household of the AFL grand remaining when they led the Tigers by 42 factors halfway by way of the second quarter on Sunday.
But their winless operate at the MCG given that 2014 was prolonged as Richmond made a scintillating comeback and the Lions wilted beneath the pressure.
Fagan believes the hungry Tigers overwhelmed the Lions, not the ground.
“I don’t imagine in the MCG monkey, that’s anything that everyone else is conversing about,” Fagan explained.
“My own look at is that we just haven’t received listed here every time we’ve played here, which has not been very typically.
“We performed substantially, substantially greater, it was our very best efficiency right here (for some time).
“But the ground is no excuse, our football workforce has won at just about every single location in the state around the past three or 4 many years.
“The MCG is just one more just one of all those venues.”
Fagan did acknowledge the Lions erred in picking out ruckman Darcy Fort to be the substitute when in-form defender Brandon Starcevich was a late withdrawal with quad tightness.
Speedy forward Zac Bailey was subbed out in the next quarter with inside bruising and will possible expend Sunday night in a Melbourne healthcare facility.
Bailey’s absence introduced Fort into the contest, as Richmond’s velocity throughout the ground came to the fore by means of gamers these types of as Shai Bolton.
“In hindsight, it was the mistaken conclusion to have Darcy as the medi-sub,” Fagan explained.
“We have our factors for doing it, and they’re superior explanations, but in reflection it would have been improved off to have a running participant in that position.”
Fagan said Starcevich’s injuries was a very important one particular as he would have played on Bolton, who created a match-profitable display screen.
“That was the match-up, but who is aware regardless of whether he would have performed a fantastic task or not, you won’t be able to seriously inform,” he claimed.
The Lions, who have concluded major-four for the previous 3 seasons, have slumped to fifth on the ladder forward of their very last 3 household-and-away games from Carlton, St Kilda and Melbourne.