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Kangaroos must be on best to beat Redan: coach

August 05, 2011, 09:58 AM AEST

 

BY GAV MCGRATH

05 Aug, 2011 12:29 AM

MORE disciplined, more accountable and more defensive pressure. That is how East Point coach Daniel Jordan expects his team to reverse its fortunes from its last encounter with Redan.

The Red Lion Kangaroos continue their late charge, where any defeat equals death in terms of finals aspirations, against their nemesis at High Mountain Eastern Oval tomorrow.

Jordan admits it is a tough ask.

“Redan is in pretty good form so we have to be at our best to beat them, but we think we can beat them,” he says.

“I’ve played Redan enough times to know their game plan. It’s now about having the discipline to do it better than them.

“We need to be more accountable than last time. We played good footy for three quarters and then a few lazy things let them blow it out a bit.

“We have a similar side to that game but since then we have been playing better footy.

“There has been more of a defensive mindset and we have been focusing on more pressure on the ball. In the last three or four weeks we have been working on that at training and we worked on it again against Bacchus Marsh.”

Darian Quinlan, equal second on East Point’s goal-kicking list with 19 to date this season, is available, giving the Kangaroos more firepower up forward.

Martin Anderson also returns. Nick O’Keefe and Xavier Bourke make way for them.

“We have kicked reasonable scores most games, except that Lakers game,” Jordan says.

“Redan seems to try and close it up too. I think there’s a bit of weather coming in so that might close it up again, so we’re expecting it to be a tough, defensive game.

“Both Redan and East Point have good outside players so if it does open up a bit, both can score quickly.”

In a setback for the Linlec Lions, elusive small forward Ash Barker will miss the match with a foot injury.

Tom Gleeson is an inclusion after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Redan could be as high as third at the completion of the round if it can defeat the Kangaroos for the second time this season, depending upon results in other matches.

The late recruitment of ruckman Nick Bye has proven a windfall for Redan’s vaunted midfield, which looks increasingly formidable.

PREDICTION: Redan by 10 points

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