Gold Coast Suns coach Stuart Dew is remaining optimistic about his side’s future despite Monday night’s 21-point loss to Richmond at the Gabba.
The Suns managed to fight back against the Tiger’s early dominance to lead by 10-points at half time before a number of missed opportunities saw the defending premiers run away with the victory.
It extends the Gold Coast’s winless streak to five games following a draw with Essendon last Wednesday, a four-point loss to St Kilda a week earlier, a heavy loss to GWS the week before that and five-point defeat to the Western Bulldogs another week earlier.
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The Suns last win was a 32-point thrashing of the Sydney Swans back on July 18.
It leaves the Gold Coast sitting in 13th spot on the ladder after 12 rounds and six points outside the top eight.
The side faces another quick turn-around this week as they prepare to take on 12th-placed Carlton on Friday night.
Despite the recent run of losses, coach Stuart Dew said he is happy with how the side is progressing this season after finishing stone-cold last at the end of 2019.
“I think we took the game on tonight against a quality footy side .. no doubt,” Dew said after the match.
“We didn’t want to play safe, we had a crack through the corridor, some came off an some didn’t.
“Had opportunities at different parts of the game for sure but we said after the game we love the way the boys are playing.
“We love the fact we’re not having to coach effort and intensity and we can really go to work on what are the lessons learnt.
“From our point of view, to be in every game lately and have the fight .. the consistency .. we want to play a hard-running, exciting game but there’s a finishing element that we want to keep working on.
“All in all the energy’s really good; we’re not frustrated and certainly have a clear view of how we want to play the game.
“If we keep showing up it’ll turn and when it turns I think they’ll be able to make the most of it.”
Meantime, Richmond star Tom Lynch is expected to be scrutinised by the AFL’s Match Review Officer following an off-ball strike on Suns opponent Sam Collins, which left him fuming.
But Lynch claims there was nothing in it.
“It was just an open hand and pushed off,” Lynch told ABC Grandstand post-match.
“That was it … he (Collins) was a bit angry about that but it was just an open hand to the chest, which as key forwards is what you want to do.”
TV camera angles showed Lynch swinging his right arm but it was not a clear view of the contact.
Match review officer Michael Christian will have access to multiple camera angles when he assesses the incident today.