- Oct 30, 2014
- AFL Club
- Western Bulldogs
That muppet mustn’t even watch the games, just looks at stats. Naughton was cruelled by 5 horrible decisions against him on the weekend, 4 of them within minutes of one another, but just kept his head up and kept trying. Those who I were sitting with were all in admiration of him.This from Robbo saying Naughton has been disappointing this year… seriously how does he get away with this stuff. Naughton averaging .2 less goals than Hawkins despite being 12 years younger!
6, Air Naughton out of gasAaron Naughton was in the best 10 in my top 50 at the start of the year, but hasn’t been able to play to those expectations as the season played out. He is ranked ninth overall by Champion Data for key forwards, which is pretty solid, but most pundits would’ve expected him to be closer to the pointy end, with the likes of Jeremy Cameron, Tom Hawkins, Tom Lynch and, the most surprising of all, Charlie Curnow. Four of the Bulldogs’ last five games have been against top eight teams — Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Fremantle and the Giants on Saturday — and Naughton has averaged 1.7 goals, four marks and 1.2 marks inside the forward line. His average outside of those five games is 2.7 goals, five marks and 2.6 marks inside 50. We’ll give him an out because he’s probably banged up and he needs support but, at the same time, players are judged by how they perform in big games and Naughton has been average at best — at least over the past five games.