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“There are some guys down on form” says Lethlean


St Kilda’s head of football Simon Lethlean said too much is being left to too few at the moment and a greater collective output is required.

Coach Alan Richardson’s side slumped to their fifth defeat of the season against Melbourne yesterday as things go from bad to worse for the Saints.

The glaring lack of top-end talent has never been more evident, but Lethlean believes their better players are in decent form and it’s up to the rest to pick up the slack.

“I think our top four or five yesterday were and are in reasonable form,” he told SEN Breakfast.

“Jack Steven continues to play well as does Seb Ross. Ben Long and Tom Hickey have found their way into form and Luke Dunstan has had five weeks of good form.

“There’s some guys in good form but it’s bringing the rest of the 22 along with them to have some better confidence and output.

“Jade Gresham turned it around a bit yesterday, but there are some guys down on form.

“There’s no stone left unturned here to try and help the players be as good as they can be.”

The former AFL football operations manager has hinted there will be changes for this week’s encounter against Fremantle at Optus Stadium.

“Blake Acres had a break this week to get through some groin soreness. He has been recognised as one of our better players so I think he will be available for selection,” Lethlean said.

“There’s a couple of guys playing some good footy in the twos: Ed Phillips and Nathan Freeman got back last week which was great but he is still a few weeks away.

“We’ve made some changes already this year probably more than most teams, so we will keep looking at who is in form.

“Much like when Dunstan, Hickey and Gresham have been challenged and delivered, we want to try and get those guys playing at the moment to step up and play better footy.

“The want and desire is there and the whole football department will be held to account.”

Listen to Simon Lethlean's chat with Garry and Tim in the player below

St Kilda SEN Breakfast Simon Lethlean

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