Autopsy Rnd 7: Done by the Blues

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Phone

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 7, 2010
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Boy we were hot **** after the first quarter. So many very simple mistakes. Can someone source the final "scores from turnovers" for Carlton? And I'm not sure if two of our worst ones would even be counted in there - Cox's punch straight to Fogarty and when Langford smothered Stringer's pick up of the ball and Carlton ended up with the ball with Betts in 50 meters of space. Shocking stuff.

Beyond that, we're a bottom 6 team and when we're playing games against other teams in that neighbourhood my main concern is not being blown out of the water. If we're on the wrong side of a close game I'm not too concerned, but the two 5 goal runs Carlton went on are pretty bloody annoying.
 

Loonerty

Moderator
Jun 1, 2008
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Pressure was down and it cost us.
Experience as well. A few dumb free kicks given away that led to goals.

Ah well. Given where both clubs are at in their development, we really shouldn't have been in it so close to the end of the game.
 

Drummer_19

Brownlow Medallist
Feb 13, 2007
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Essendon
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Sam Hinkie
Pretty good game, a bit frustrating knowing the game was very winnable tho. Still, this season is more so about looking for stuff going forward and we keep seeing that imo.
 

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BomberTime

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Feb 11, 2010
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Honestly, meh. Saw this coming.

With where both teams are at, they should be beating us. Watching Carlton today, will confidently say they won’t amount to much.

Thought we played well.
 

Red Black and Blue

Brownlow Medallist
Oct 1, 2006
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Happy with the kids. Cox, Jones, Bryan, Perkins.

Non existent defensive running from the midfield. McGrath shocker. Parish got some decent numbers but zero influence.

7 more inside 50s, but the long kicking set up their entire turnover scoring profile. Would have scored another 6-7 goals than us there. Lower the eyes and hit up the short options that were there all day and we win that.
 

mike14

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Jun 29, 2006
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Essendon
Pretty ugly after quarter time.
We never looked interested defensively; low and behind te end up with 120+ points.
Stringer was very good, love how Perkins and Jones are building, Ridley is so important.

Hopefully Stewart will be better for the run, we need him to improve. Laverde did some good things but gave away too many frees. McGrath's disposal was woeful, not sure Langford really wanted to be out there.

We're just too inconsistent across the board. You expect it from the young guys but some of those mid age range guys leave you wanting a lot more.
 

Macca18

EFC
Jul 6, 2009
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Victoria
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Essendon
I think anybody who is too critical of that performance doesn’t have a great understanding of football.

Yep losing sucks. But…

Carlton were the better side from midway through the 2nd Quarter and deserved to win. This is a game they should be winning though as many expected (including themselves) to be contending for the top 8 and we were a near lock for the bottom 4.

We walk away from this pretty content in the knowledge that our future (compared with 12 months ago) is looking very bright. The performances today of Perkins, Cox, Bryan, Jones are enough to come away from this with confidence we are on the right track. You can’t blame them for losing today. Some of our more experienced campaigners? Possibly. But we will need more time to get the mix right.

Well done to Carlton and good luck to them playing the Bulldogs and Melbourne over the next two weeks. :)

We will win our 5 or 6 games this year with no delusions of grandeur and solidify our future even more. It’s not about 2021.

I think we will see a lot more games like today (for us) this year. Extremely competitive but not good enough to take the chocolates.
 

naraku

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Sep 9, 2017
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Maybe I don't give enough credit to scum, but we should of won.


Funny, our "stars" pretty much failed us today. Not good enough.

Now we're bottom 4
 

jmoo wan

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Oct 12, 2007
10,185
28,344
Ringwood
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Essendon
disappointing result but some really great signs from the youngsters, and old man Hooker - hopefully he has a few more years in him.

could have very easily gone our way but as long as Merrett is happy with our trajectory, i’m okay with the performance and the higher draft pick
 

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