For starters, the players weren’t switched on.
Perhaps they underestimated the Lions after their terrible performance the week before.
We warned the players not to be influenced by Subiaco’s recent form, but they were caught off-guard by a fired-up Lions unit.
The side also had an interrupted week with its preparation after the Sunday game against East Fremantle.
Combine that with the fact we were kicking against a two or three-goal wind and you can understand why the players were struggling.
The side was really disappointing early to be down five goals to nothing, but we can take some positives from a good second half.
While we’ve won our share of close games, it was a match we probably wouldn’t have won last year.
It was great to see the side has matured enough to grind out a come-from-behind 13.13 (91) to 13.12 (90) victory.
We head to Bassendean Oval this Saturday to face an in-form Swan Districts side.
The Swans have been massive possession getters in recent weeks, tallying more than 400 touches in their last two matches.
We can’t let them do the same against us.
They’ve got a number of talented players, who run hard and carry the ball well.
They will get the jump on us if we start the game the way we did against Subiaco.
Anthony Tsalikis has arrived back from holidays and is a chance to play on the weekend.
We’re still deciding whether he needs time in the reserves or if he can come straight back into the side after losing some match fitness.
With Matt Fowler, Shaun Marusic and Nick Rodda all doing a good job up forward, it’s going to be a tough decision.