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Post-match: Lions Watch Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss's post-match press conference
AFL 2013 NAB Cup Rd 03 - Collingwood v Brisbane

Michael Voss hopes his side gained confidence from the win over Melbourne


As far as the next five-six weeks goes, the draw doesn't change, it is what it is
THE BRISBANE Lions got four points against Melbourne on Sunday, but now face a horror eight-week stretch that could determine not only their season, but the future of out-of-contract coach Michael Voss.

Starting with the Swans in Sydney next week, the Lions face West Coast (home), Essendon (away), Carlton (home), Collingwood (home), Fremantle (away), Geelong (home) and Hawthorn (away) in successive rounds.

They are currently 2-3 and will likely start most – if not all – of those matches as underdogs.

Voss would not be drawn into his team's future prospects but said it would have been nice to enter the stretch with another win or two.

But he said the Lions could take some confidence forward after the 28-point win over the Demons.

"As far as the next five-six weeks goes, the draw doesn't change, it is what it is," Voss said.

"For us it's about concentrating on what we need to get right next. Finals and those sorts of things are not relevant for us. We've got some things we need to fix.

"The biggest thing we got out of the game was having the guys commit to the real simple things, and they can walk away feeling really confident about their game.

"They've touched the ball a heap of times … and they've come out victors and that's just reward for the week and next week we've got a different team."

Voss said if the Lions were to have any chance of making waves for the rest of the season, they would have to improve their discipline.

They lost the free kick count 21-17, James Polkinghorne was put on report for an alleged trip, while Dayne Zorko might find himself in strife for a fourth quarter strike on Luke Tapscott.

"I'd like to get rid of that out of our game," he said.

"That's been two weeks where we've been a little undisciplined in a few areas. We've got to eradicate that because it can be very costly to the game.

"We put our energies into the attack on the ball today and we got some great outcomes and that's what you get your accolades for. You've got to leave some of those things aside.

"I didn't see what the acts were (Polkinghorne and Zorko) but they certainly got goals out of a few free kicks against us so we must get rid of those."