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Lions Won’t Lose Focus

Coach says next week’s opponent is all that matters.

Patrick Leigh Perspectives

Lions Won’t Lose Focus

Lions FC coach Warren Moon says his side cannot afford too look to far ahead if they are too maintain their recent run of form.

Currently third on the NPL Queensland table, Lions posted a fourth straight league win 3-2 over Gold Coast United on Saturday night – courtesy of a final minute winner.

The result sees Lions just five points behind unbeaten league-leaders Olympic FC and within a win of second placed Western Pride.

However, Moon said the team will not entertain thoughts of reeling in the league’s top two in the second round of the season before accounting for their more immediate opposition.

“We can’t look too far ahead because Cairns are a very good team and we play them this week,” he said.

“We have to make sure that every week we turn up and work hard for the club, play well and get the points.”

He added, “We know what we want to achieve this year and we want to be successful but dismissing the teams coming up before we play Pride and Olympic again – we are not going to do that.”

“When you look that far ahead it can be dangerous. I don’t want to predict where we get the wins because you have to turn up every week.”

Lions’ season to date has been built on a league-best defensive return of just six goals conceded – however, the team has conceded the first goal before come-from-behind wins in their last four games in all competitions.

“We are defending strongly but you are never going to go a whole season by keeping shut-outs every week,” Moon said.

He added that he was more concerned that conceding a late potential leveler in the last start win against United almost cost his side deserved points.

“I’m not reading too much into conceding the first goal, the good thing is that we have come back and went on to win well,” Moon explained.

“It was more disappointing that we conceded late. This was a match that never should’ve been as close as it was in terms of the chances we created.”

“We should’ve been out of sight before the equaliser and it was disappointing how we defended the corner,” he concluded.

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