That’s the opinion of North-West Tall Timbers Thunder captain Brad Simpson ahead of his side’s road trip to face Albury-Wondonga and Kilsyth this weekend.
The comment also follows the Thunder’s seven point loss at home to finals-bound Geelong last Saturday where his side showed they could compete with the best at stages throughout the game.
“I think against a team like that who will certainly be a part of play-offs, we need to be able to bring it for four quarters,” Simpson said.
“We probably only played the second half well which cost us in the end but it was a good learning curve for us knowing we still have some improvement for the last seven games of the season.”
“We went over the game on Monday night and there were a few uncharacteristic things from pretty much everyone so it shows we still have to address a few things and shouldn’t stay comfortable.
“We’ve got a tough road trip this weekend and we’re still fighting to get into finals contention and we’ve been doing that all season.”
Simpson said the defensive side of the game was something the Thunder needed to work on against the better sides in the competition.
The Thunder outscored Geelong by 15 points in the third quarter last week but a slow start to the game cost them in the comeback.
“We went into zone for a little bit which helped us but I think we’ve got to be able to play better man-defence consistently throughout the game,” he said.
“We can’t keep relying on being able to change it up and thinking it’s going to work every time.
“Our man-defence needs to be a little bit better if we want to make finals.”
The Thunder will travel to Victoria to face Albury-Wondonga on Friday night before a clash against the Kilsyth Cobras on Saturday.
“It will certainly be tough, we’ve got a lot of travelling in between and before games.
“But we will certainly address that at training and talk about being mentally prepared to go against Albury.”
The Thunder take on Albury-Wondonga from 8.30pm on Friday and Kilsyth from 8pm on Saturday.