Eugene Lewis was the Alouettes’ best offensive player in the backhand to Hamilton on Thursday, but the receiver didn’t care about his personal stats after his team failed to win two straight games to the first time this season.

The Tiger-Cats, with their record of a victory against five losses before the confrontation, constituted an opponent within reach of the troop of Danny Maciocia.

But sunk by their lack of opportunism in the first half, the “Sparrows” (2-5) find themselves behind Hamilton in the Eastern standings, in -3rd place.

“We all have to look in the mirror, because we’re all in the same boat, hammered the American, in the moments that followed this loss from 24 to 17. We have to jump on the ground and win a quarter at the same time, seize our opportunities and be more disciplined. »

Twice the Blue Bombers

The next two games won’t be any easier for Montreal, who will face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, leaders in the West with their immaculate record of 7-0.

The veteran Lewis, who has 154 yards against the Tiger-Cats, refuses to be intimidated by the opponent who will stand in front of him.

“I don’t care what club we’re up against,” he said. I’m going to do the same as usual: try to give my team a chance to win. And I know that my teammates think like me.

“I realize the Blue Bombers are at the top of the standings, but we can’t think like that,” added the wide receiver. What we have to do is face adversity and win these games. »

Maciocia advocates patience

The Alouettes’ defense is on the wing this season. Only once has she allowed less than 20 points in a game. It was Week 3 of the schedule, in a 37-13 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

And the setbacks have not diminished since Noel Thorpe took charge three weeks ago.

In this case, Maciocia calls for patience. The pilot underlines that his protégés must adapt to a new system of play.

“I still think we’ve improved a lot in that regard. You have to give them time: they’ve only had six practices [since Thorpe’s return]. »