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Canberra Demons dealt harsh 'wake-up call'

4 August 2018 6:13 AM
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People often talk about the loss you need to have but Klemke won't be falling back on that as an excuse.

"You don’t want to get in a form slump, that’s the thing, you don’t want to go the other way. We’ve got to regroup quickly," Klemke said.

"It was a massive loss but I think we can swing it around. We know that when we play good footy we can match it with anyone.

"In the first half if anything we take something out of that, we were good in the first quarter especially, we kicked the first three goals of the game.

"If we can play like that we can match it with anyone but obviously we were very poor in the second half. We’ve got some holes that Southport have shown in our game so we’ve got to fix it quick but I think we can do it.

"I’ve got no issues we can still match it. It’s just one game, hopefully we can wake up. We’ve got a tough game against Swans Reserves and I’m pretty sure at home we can turn it around really quick."

The Demons had the upper hand in a tight opening term before the Sharks kicked clear in the second quarter to leave Canberra's winning run in jeopardy.

From there it was all one-way traffic as Southport kept Canberra to a measly four points in the third quarter to open up an insurmountable 52-point lead.

Things quickly went from bad to worse as Southport kicked 63 points in the final term to Canberra's two goals, cruising to their second big victory over the Demons this season.

Mitch Hardie was one of Canberra's best as he kicked four majors but at the end of the day Canberra "didn't have enough guys contribute" as their winning run came to a shuddering halt.

"Having a loss like that, not that you want to lose by that much and it’s disappointing, that’s really going to wake us up," Klemke said.


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