Chris Fagan hopes his not-so-subtle message to the AFL has resonated but that Brownlow Medal favorite Lachie Neale will make an effect regardless in Brisbane’s crunch clash with Melbourne.
Fagan puzzled the “difficult remedy” his megastar midfielder copped even as tagged with the aid of St Kilda’s Marcus Windhager in remaining round’s win.
The coach hinted in his publish-sport press convention he might are seeking for clarification from the AFL umpiring branch approximately a few procedures being used in opposition to the 2020 Brownlow medallist.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s sport at the Gabba against the Demons, Fagan counseled that changed into as a long way as he took it.
“It’s not smooth to see, there’s loads taking place round the ones contested conditions,” he instructed reporters.
“All you can do is lead them to aware and I kind of said some thing in my press conference, but I’m not certain if anything’s been executed.
“He’s now not the only bloke in the competition (this is tagged closely) and to be honest we do it to different blokes in other groups as nicely.
“We want the best gamers gambling well at this time of year, no longer being close down via processes which are perhaps outside the rules.”
Neale became constrained to a season-low 16 disposals within the Lions’ crucial win over St Kilda.
“I recognize St Kilda will in all likelihood be happy … however it changed into the great sixteen-contact recreation he is ever had,” Fagan said.
“We had been superb thrilled … it is not constantly approximately how plenty Lachie receives the ball.”
Fagan expects Neale to be tagged once more within the sell-out Gabba conflict and anticipates his teammates could be smarter in how they help him.
“Come hell or excessive water, no longer matter what takes place, Lachie will be on his first-rate recreation,” the instruct stated.
“We have to be cautious and we are disillusioned we gave away some unfastened kicks.
“Retaliation might be now not the right phrase, however (we had been the) 2d character involved and that is what the umpire noticed.”
The loser of Friday’s clash ought to end the final round outside the pinnacle four, whilst the winner should end as excessive as 2d.
The Demons sparked back to lifestyles in advance this season with a third-instantly win over Brisbane, but recognise going through them on the Gabba is a specific prospect.
“It’s a superb possibility this week … an substantial mission going as much as Brisbane, they’re distinctly robust up there,” teach Simon Goodwin stated.