Canberra veteran Sam Martyn says a lack of consistency is hurting his side, as the Demons fell to 4-6 following a hard-fought loss to the Sydney Swans at Manuka Oval last weekend.
Speaking to canberrademons.com.au, Martyn says that Canberra’s inability to play four quarters of football was ultimately the reason for their second consecutive defeat.
“Our supporters are probably sick to death of hearing about it but it’s our inability to play four quarters of football," Martyn said.
We have these lapses where opposition sides are able to get a run on us and by the time we’re able to counteract it, it’s often to late."
The 26-year-old says he found positives from the loss despite it being the the club's 6th of the season.
"It was pleasing to see us grit our teeth and almost run over the top of a Sydney side that had 16 listed AFL players.
"On previous occasions if we were down by 38 points that gap would have probably blown out to 50, so it was nice to see us persevere and almost come out on top."
Despite the magnitude of the loss, Martyn is keeping the faith and expects his side to bounce back in a "massive game" against Aspley at Voxson Oval on Saturday afternoon.
"It’s definitely a massive game in the context of our season," he said.
"Aspley have been in some really good form and they’re really hard to beat on their home deck.
"We need to focus on bringing our pressure and thirst for the contest this weekend.
"If we can do that, the rest will take care of itself and hopefully we can fly home to Canberra with the 4 points in our back pocket."
Canberra clash with Aspley this Saturday afternoon at Voxson Oval and you can follow all the action live on NEAFL TV from 12pm AEST.