No such thing as a bad win, but it was definitely a weird one.
On the one hand, it was not good enough to let Essendon score 100+ overwhelmingly from the centre. Our midfield is just not good enough yet.
However on the other, the fact it was such a high intensity shoot-out meant we really had to hold our nerve and stay focused. Any lapses in our application and they would've easily got a run on. So in that sense it showed incredible maturity.
I thought our key players were those guys now entering their primes - Heeney, Mills, Hewett, Papley, Dawson - all had great games. They are capable of the things that both the veterans and the kids are not.
Wasn't a fan of McInerney & Gulden in the guts. Nice that they can get their hands on the ball plenty but the fact is neither look like natural inside mids, and I don't wanna see them getting caught in tackles, scrambling rushed nothing disposals away and looking a bit like headless chooks. I want to see them using their attacking weapons in space.
Defenders were also great all game - McCartin, Rampe, Lloyd, Cunningham and Fox just held their nerves all game under immense pressure. Quiet achievers but they are the rocks of this team still.