Fraser: “Embrace the challenge”

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Josh Fraser is hopeful of a response after his side’s winning run came to an end. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)

Northern Blues senior coach Josh Fraser said his side would “embrace the challenge” after the side’s winning run came to an end yesterday.

Northern succumbed by 14 points to Werribee, in the process bringing to a halt a six-game winning streak which lasted two months.

The Blues burst out to a fast start, but were made to rue a middle two quarters where the Tigers piled on 12 goals to five.

“The initial reaction is disappointment. First quarter aside, I think we were quite poor in certain areas of the game,” Fraser said post-match on the Matchworks coach’s report.

“The intent was there, we just didn’t nail our method… to their absolute credit, we fought it out but Werribee thoroughly deserved their win.

“The detail [was the main thing] — sometimes it can be as small as nailing a tackle, as hitting a free target, as taking your opportunity in front of goal.”

Fraser said the challenge would continue to be laid for improvement across the board, as the Blues aim for a speedy return to the winners’ list.

The senior coach said there was complete faith that his players would respond in the coming weeks.

“We’re fully aware of it, and I know the playing group will embrace the challenge of trying to get better,” Fraser said.

“We’ll learn and keep growing, we’ve got full confidence in our players. They’re a resilient group and I know this loss hurts.”

Despite not getting the four points for the first time since the season opener, Fraser said the review process doesn’t change in the coming days.

“We always review in equal measure, regardless of whether we get a win or whether we fall short,” Fraser said.

“We’ve got to show the maturity and the competitiveness to respond from a loss and we’ll have that chance against Richmond in a week’s time.”

The Northern Blues VFL side heads to Punt Road Oval next Sunday to take on Richmond at midday.