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Fagan: Attitude goes a long way

Fagan: Pleased with attitude Senior Coach Chris Fagan is happy with the little improvements his team is showing and is very pleased with their attitude towards each week.

Despite being winless after seven rounds, Brisbane coach Chris Fagan says there's no sulking or dropping of heads around the Gabba.

In five of the seven losses, the Lions have been within a kick during the fourth quarter, and on three occasions have had kicks in the last minute to either go-ahead or draw.

The bottom line is they're 0-7.

Ahead of Saturday night's match against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium, Fagan says the attitude of his players is showing no sign of wilting.

"Certainly we'd like to have got a bit more reward for effort, because we think our effort has been really good and we play a style of footy that has stood up against some good teams," Fagan said.

"We know if we keep trying to improve and not get too frustrated that we'll get there in the end.

"If you focus on that (losing), it can be a pretty dismal place.

"We're always looking for those little signs of improvement, and pointing it out when it happens so the environment is a positive one.

"That's the only way to get better."

Fagan said he was likely to stick with a taller outfit against the Bulldogs after being so competitive with Collingwood last Sunday.

Against the Magpies they used a three-pronged forward line that included Eric Hipwood, Dan McStay and Oscar McInerney, and three tall defenders in Harris Andrews, Darcy Gardiner and debutant Matt Eagles.

Suspended Nick Robertson will likely return to play the Bulldogs.

Despite remaining upbeat about his team, Fagan said the Lions had learnt plenty from the season thus far.

In the opening round against St Kilda, also at Etihad, Brisbane moved the ball too frantically and were exposed on turnovers – a problem Fagan hopes his team has rectified at the closed-roof venue.

"You always look at your composure in those sorts of (close) games," he said.

"Sometimes there's a tendency for your team to rush it or force it and not stay composed, and there's been a little bit of that in us.

"That's partly because we're an inexperienced, young team.

"That's all part of the learning." 

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