Lyons has been hopeless at tagging any time anyone's tried him at it . Mitch was the man."They outhunted us, really," Fagan said.
"Structurally, we tried different things to get us back in the game. We were sitting on Cripps until we thought, 'It's not helping us, we better just hunt ourselves' but it's a combination of all those things.
"They were more desperate than what we were. Our midfield has been fantastic for us this year, but today they lowered their colours."
Basically we didn’t have anyone who could do a decent enough job. We had Lyons on him but he was hopeless.
It really looks like a big coaching blunder to not tag Cripps seriously with one of the Robbos and yet let Neale get completely blocked out of the game everytime he went near it and not have someone help him out or protect him. Copped the double whammy.
Maybe as Fages suggested our guys were just out of gas and couldn't go with Cripps . But I found it fairly galling to see him run around doing what he liked ,taking grabs inside 50 , in the last 40 minutes with no one within cooee of him . We were virtually screaming out to pick him up.
A bit of a whisper at the celebration night that some of the guys were a bit sore . Harris ,Mitch ,Zorks obviously and one or two others.
On the face of it we looked outcoached in a basic way but maybe Fages tried and our guys just weren't up to it.