Love him , smooth as silk .McCluggage was fantastic, but probably the stat that impressed me the most is his game high 34 pressure acts.
His offensive work was obviously incredible, but to not only dominate in attacking football, but to be the best pressure player on the ground was something to behold.
Comparatively, Ollie Wines had 37 touches and just 17 pressure acts.
Yer, I watched the replay this afternoon and our Irish lad was very solid, a promising debut.Madden had 26 sprints last night, 13 more than our second best who was Cameron. Had 5 repeat sprints as well, 3 more than our next best.
His speed in defense gives us a different look, and as mentioned earlier, our backline looks a lot more balanced with Madden in there as opposed to another medium defender.
Thought he was very solid defensively. It'll be exciting to see whether he can develop to using his speed in attack.
yeah nah. Our last few encounters that’s been the case. So I would say our game plan and how we match is advantage to us. We are starting to get our act together and we don’t even have our best 22. We aren’t favourites but we are right up there contesting and are contenders.Port didn't turn up so I'll reserve comment on whether we the real deal or not
We didn't have elite pressure. They showed thre pressure gauge during the game and we were below par while they were even more below that. There were even some other instances where we had less pressure than them.I don't agree with the "didn't turn up" narrative most of the time, usually it is down to how the opposition allow you to play and not play, we took away their game with elite pressure and overall ground set up in defence and smart transition, Port had reasons for their loss not excuses.
Where I can understand a team "not turning up" is if you're a huge favourite in a game and are not mentally switched on.
Didn't feel like that live at the game, some of these statistics I wonder how they come to the end conclusion and if it's even relevant.We didn't have elite pressure. They showed thre pressure gauge during the game and we were below par while they were even more below that. There were even some other instances where we had less pressure than them.
I've been a McStay supporter for since forever and I get especially upset when he gets criticised forMcStay played well. I saw him involved with 4 goals even if the stats might not reflect it. 1st is his own goal from the mark he took off Hipwood's kick. 2nd - he took out two defenders so Prior could get an easy ground ball get - immediate handball to Bags who hits Joe on the lead on the 50 for his 2nd goal. 3rd - McStay continues to follow Frederick as he goes for the loop around handball transition from half back. Bergman gets isolated - McStay lays the tackle - ball spills to Ah Chee and Cameron gets the goal out the back. 4th - McStay wins two contests in the middle of the ground, ball surges forward and hits Cameron for his fourth goal. He also had a great hit out directly to Cameron from a F50 arc ruck contest which Charlie snapped but the ball bounced awkwardly for a behind. He also hit the marking contest where the ball spilled to Zorko front and centre. He laid a block - Zorks gets the handball to McCarthy but his goal was denied by a Cameron free.
I think McStay's contributions to the team are not truly reflected just by his statline. We only tend to focus on contests where he directly wins or loses whilst discounting the other effects he has throughout the game. Not to mention the nonmeasurable aspects such as dragging defenders away from Hipwood/Daniher, providing alternative leads for defenders, keeping the team structure.
I'm glad we've put the McStay debate to bed (temporarily). I wonder if Birchal's contributions are similarly opaque to us fans/viewers given Fagans penchant for persevering with him.
IMO he found himself under a bit more pressure than usual because the slippery conditions meant he spilled a few marks than he normally would, meaning he had to handball which isn't his forte. Under normal conditions he'd have marked and had the space to kick. (Contested marks are a different story because defenders have developed the ability to bring their forward to the ground in a contested mark consistently over the last five years or so.)Having said that, I did get frustrated a bit last night with his laying off of handballs to team-mates who were in very bad positions for a HB Receive. Some of them were very bad options that led to some terrible turnovers.
He's an excellent field kick and I would like to see him back himself with disposal by foot more often.
I reckon Payne might leave at the end of this season, IF when fit he is not getting an opportunity. I don't think Payne would want to be stuck behind Lester and Adams. According to a recent media report 'Dogs' made a bid for him at the end of last year, and they seem a bit shallow on KPD, especially one, that like most young guys just needs a good run of games to build confidence and consistency.You have to be careful with just switching players. Weitering was switched and took him years to get back to the form he is showing now. Paine has never [played up forward iirc and no need really. We need depth, and Adams will probably be hurt sooner rather than later..