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Fagan on creating consistency

Post-match: Chris Fagan Chris Fagan in the post-match press conference.

The Commonwealth Games will finish on Sunday night and the sports fans of south-east Queensland will turn their attention to back to football.

Brisbane’s 93-point loss to Richmond at the MCG on Saturday was their lowest score ever as the Brisbane Lions.

While Lions fan knows that the Lions are on a journey and that the rebuild is going to be slow, laborious and for every two steps taken forward, there will be significant steps back.

The Lions still have 10 home games to come, starting with a QClash against Gold Coast next Sunday. 

During the post-match press conference, Lions Coach Chris Fagan said "I’m disappointed for our fans,"

"But I think we’re really clear about where we are and what we’re doing, and they were really positive about where the team has been going over the first three weeks.

"I’m not sure they’re that fickle," he continued. "What they need to do is judge us over a period of time and they’ve been pretty good at doing that.

"They’ll be critical but it’s hard to improve quickly in this game. I understand the questions but go study the teams that have tried to rebuild and see how long it takes. It takes a while," he said, noting that when Tigers coach Damien Hardwick started out in 2010, he embarked on the same journey that Fagan is now.

"We want to win consistently as soon as we can, but we also understand it’s a process that takes a bit of time," Fagan said.

Fagan wasn't fishing for excuses. The Lions are developing, but there are still expectations around performance.

"When you play Richmond, you have to win contested possessions or at least square that up and you have to be good in the tackle.

"That’s base one and if you can’t do that then it’s pretty hard to beat them. They were much better than us in the first half and at times, it showed," he said.

Fagan did stress the positives.

On Saturday, a minus-20 deficit in contested possessions at half-time was a major issue, but Brisbane won the second half by eight.

They were relatively even in inside 50s. They won the clearances.

No.1 national draft selection Cameron Rayner played the best of his four games for the club, in what were difficult circumstances.

"There were some stronger efforts in the second half, but we just ended up turning the ball over and letting them get easy scores," he said.

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