WAFL: West Perth coach Bill Monaghan positive but not satisfied after Subiaco loss

Ben King looks to spoil Ben Sokol. Picture: Dan White
Ben King looks to spoil Ben Sokol. Picture: Dan White

WE’RE in the business of winning games.

So while our competitive performance against Subiaco was pleasing given their dominance of the league, a 22-point loss means we’ve still got a lot of work to do to close the gap on them.

If we learn our lessons from the match at Leederville Oval on Saturday, then it will be a worthwhile experience.

If we don’t, then the match isn’t going to mean much in the end.

There were times when we controlled the game, but didn’t capitalise on our opportunities to hurt them on the scoreboard.

You can’t afford to have any lulls against a team as talented as Subiaco.

The Lions are strong in three key areas – clearances, contested ball and inside 50s.

We performed well in those areas against them, which helped keep us in the match.

Our clearance numbers are always pretty good given we’ve got players like Shane Nelson, Aaron Black and Luke Meadows rotating with Jay van Berlo and Corey Chalmers around the stoppages.

We were competitive with contested ball, which led to us matching Subiaco on the inside 50 count – I think that was the tale of the tape.

The Lions have been scoring 25-odd more inside 50s than their opposition this season and you’re not going to win many games when that happens.

The only injury concern that came out of the game was a quad tear to ruckman Chris Keunen, but we do not think it was a serious one.

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