Blues’ players must ‘own’ losses: Cripps, Docherty

Carlton’s co-captains Patrick Cripps and injured defender Sam Docherty have called the latest defeat “not acceptable” and called for the players to take responsibility for the club’s losses rather than allowing the blame to rest with the coaches.

While the Blues have closed ranks around the embattled senior coach Brendon Bolton at this stage, Cripps and Docherty addressed the players in strong terms in the Metricon Stadium rooms immediately after the last-gasp loss to Gold Coast, when Bolton identified decision making and skill errors as key failings.

‘Own it’: Blues co-captains Sam Docherty and Patrick Cripps. Credit:Laura Manariti/Supplied

Cripps and Docherty both told the group that the performance against the Suns “was not acceptable” and pointed to the training track as the place to redress their failings, some of which were specified by Bolton in the rooms after the game.

In highlighting decision-making and skill errors, Bolton raised the fact that players had kicked to small forward Michael Gibbons repeatedly, when they had four tall forwards in the side: Charlie Curnow, Harry McKay, Mitch McGovern and Levi Casboult – a problem that was highlighted by ex-Sydney and Melbourne coach Paul Roos in the commentary booth during the game, won by the Suns with a goal to Jack Bowes with seconds remaining.


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