Lions hold on to claim seven-point win over Bulldogs

BRISBANE – It seemed like old times when the “Welcome Back Lethal” banner was unfurled in the Gabba stands last night.

But Brisbane hardly looked like Matthews’ premiership- winning teams of old, squandering a 57-point lead before holding on for a tense seven-point 15.10 (100) to 13.15 (93) AFL win over a resurgent Western Bulldogs.

A week after reeling from coach Michael Voss’ shock departure, the Lions lined up last night with yet another major distraction hanging over their heads.

Indeed their final home match of the year had become an after-thought after ex-mentor Matthews jumped on a rival ticket hoping to topple Lions chairman Angus Johnson as the race for master coach Paul Roos heated up.

At first the Lions romped to a 13.2 (80) to 4.6 (30) half-time lead.

But they would only kick 2.8 for the rest of the game as the Bulldogs came roaring back.

Jack Redden of the Lions is tackled by Tom Liberatore of the Bulldogs during the round 22 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Western Bulldogs at The Gabba on August 25 in Brisbane. Picture: Getty Images.

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