DOM Tyson says Melbourne won’t be taking the Brisbane Lions lightly at the MCG this Sunday, highlighting their recent three-point loss to the fourth-placed Sydney Swans as an example of their ability.  

Although the Lions have lost their past two matches by 77 points to Port Adelaide and 78 points to Collingwood respectively, Tyson said the fact the Lions were just beaten by the Swans was an indication of their recent form this month.  

“About three weeks ago, they nearly knocked off Sydney, who are a pretty good side,” he said.

“We won’t take them lightly at all and we need to be on our game for sure.

“We need to bounce back because we didn’t play exactly the way we wanted to play against the Dogs, so we’ll focus a little bit on them, and how they want to move the ball and how they defence. Primarily our focus will be on what we want to do best and hopefully it works well for us on Sunday.”

Meanwhile, Tyson said he was confident utility Alex Neal-Bullen was ready to go – if he got a call-up following some outstanding form for Casey.

“We’ve got confidence that he’ll come in and play a good role for us because he’s in good form,” he said.

“It’s a bit of a luxury that we’ve got five or six [players] that you could choose from at the moment. It keeps the blokes in the senior side on their toes because they’ve got to be playing well.

“It’s disappointing to lose Jetta (Neville Jetta) because he’s been in great form and if it’s Alex that comes in, he’ll play a good role for us.”

Tyson said the squad was also eager to see Jack Trengove return to the Melbourne side sooner than later after overcoming a career-threatening foot injury.

“He’s super fit and it moving well. I’m not exactly sure if he’s in the frame this week, next week or the week after, but he’s certainly close and it’ll be really exciting when he comes in,” he said.

“There are a lot of boys who have kept a close eye on him over his journey … and we’ll be rapt when he’s running out on the ‘G again.”