Fox Footy pundits believe Brisbane are “not ready for the finals” and the pressure will be on coach Chris Fagan after his side failed a huge test after their 64-point loss to Melbourne on Friday night.
The Demons have dominated Brisbane since the start of the Gabba, with the Lions trailing by 66 points at half-time as the game was out of reach.
The result will likely knock Brisbane out of the top-four in a competition that will leave home fans with little to no confusion.
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“Chris Fagan can feel some pressure now. He’s been able to prepare his teams well over the course of the season, and when it got to this point, they just couldn’t finish,” Demons great Gary Lyons said on Fox Footy.
“It’s still home and of course they have time to regroup, but that’s the pressure on his way.”
Treble premiership-winning Lions Jonathan Brown has lamented the club’s performance and believes anything less than a semi-final will go down as a failure.
“They were stupid, it was disappointing. I laughed – if I wanted to see the surfers I would have gone down to Jaycoe today, to be honest, it was like … a ridiculous performance in a finals-style game, it’s worth it,” he said.
Fagan has been outstanding in this regard all year, giving up big points at small moments in the game.
“That was a concern… you said they went deep and made it to the semi-finals. The question will be asked if the team goes backwards this year.
“You’ve got them on the injury list, they’ve got Ah Chee and Adams out…not in that class, but they’ve got one of their best 22.”
The Lions could now play in the play-off finals – against an in-form Tigers side – pending the results of Collingwood’s ties with Carlton and Fremantle’s ties with GWS this weekend.
Geelong great Cameron Mooney was hit with a 1-5 finals record in Brisbane under Fagan and I don’t think the club is built for the post-season.
“Brisbane are not really ready for the finals. “You look at their finals record under Fagan, it’s atrocious – and five of those six losses have come at the Gabba,” he said. Fox Footy Live.
You take it tonight, we’re basically saying it was the last to get that top four spot. I just don’t know if they are the final team. They may look good at home or away, but when that real pressure comes on, the pressure of the finals we always talk about, they’re out and about.
Former Hawthorns sharpshooter Ben Dixon called the Lions “the joke of the bush” and “lazy”.
“They’ve never converted anything defensively since Chai. How often do you see the Lion hunted? It’s happened this season, it’s happened many times,” he said.
“Essendon got them after the bye… you hit a 64-point loss in round 15 against Melbourne because a good defensive team put them under good attacking pressure and they collapsed.
“Chris Fagan will be disappointed, but they’ve been unable to finish as a team more often than not, and that’s tough for the finals – it’s not a tough game for the Lions to beat.
“Their defense is a shame, I’ve seen teams outside the top eight defend better than they have this year.”