It was only this week that I wrote that Freo Members should give Lyon a go, and the new game plan, while ugly, was effective. Here
This might be the quickest turnaround ever, but maybe I was wrong.
Lyon’s greatest strength, his stubborness and single mindedness, might also be his and therefore the teams, weakness.
I have admired that it has taken him such a short time to turn Freo into the team he wishes them to be. Whatever you think of his game plan, they are trying to implement it., and have done a reasonable job of it so far.
But the weekends game against Hawthorn proved that Ross needs to have a long hard look at the players available to him, and adapt. Its one thing to strangle the life out of a team, but you still have to kick more goals than them.
I am no football expert….and that is pretty obvious. But it seems to me that unless you kick more goals than the other side, you lose. And at the moment we are robbing Peter to pay Paul….by putting our two best forwards, Pavlich and Ballyntyne, in the midfield rather than close enough to the big sticks.
As an adjunct to this article, how about the resilience of the average Freo member, and their good humour. We stick with our team, through the jibes about our trophy cabinet, the arrogance and smugness of the team down the road…all the time embracing the Purple.
Ross Lyon will come and go…that is for sure. There is no point being too frustrated with him. Time will tell if he and the team can achieve the success it craves. At the moment, the jury is out. But footy is like that. And unlike some….I support the team through thick and thin.