Blues’ president ‘can’t defend unacceptable loss’, but backs Bolton


While the Blues will be unsparing in their post-mortem analysis of the match, they feel their thin defence – without key players – was badly exposed by their young midfield.

The review will officially begin in earnest on Tuesday as Monday was the team’s day off.

Nothing to write home about: the Blues after the loss to the Giants in Sydney.Credit:AAP

The move comes as club great Mark Maclure called on Carlton leaders – LoGiudice, football director Chris Judd and list manager Stephen Silvagni – to come out and explain to members and fans about the direction of the club.

“The members deserve to hear from the footy director (Chris Judd), the president and also (Stephen) Silvagni (list manager) about the recruiting and the direction of the football club,” said Maclure, who has been a supporter of Bolton.

“What I want to see is improvement. They’re a bit lost.”

Maclure also called for enigmatic talent Charlie Curnow to be thrown on the ball to offer the team something, and to get more out of the player who has been in a form slump. He suggested Curnow could be rotated with Patrick Cripps between forward and midfield.

Injured co-captain Sam Docherty said he thought thrashings like the 93-point loss to the Giants were behind Carlton after they were competitive in their honourable loss a week earlier to Collingwood. That effort had come a week after the Blues had been belted by North Melbourne when North had been sitting second-bottom on the ladder.

“The North game hurt as well because … we played six or seven games that were pretty consistent and that was a bit of a blip on the radar,” Docherty said.

“This hurts because we thought we were past it.”

Meanwhile, Carlton football boss Brad Lloyd said he wanted to see more of the type of aggression at the ball that GWS had played with and which, ironically, had left former captain Marc Murphy in hospital with broken ribs.

GWS ruckman Shane Mumford was cleared by the match review panel over the collision with Murphy, when he arrived late to a contest and struck Murphy in the midriff with his knee or upper thigh. Match review officer Michael Christian said the contact was not unreasonable.

Lloyd did not disagree, saying he wanted to see more of that type of aggression from his own players.

“Look, in some ways, that’s the way you like footy to be played,” Lloyd told SEN radio.

“You don’t like seeing players hurt but I would have liked to have seen more physicality from us yesterday.

“I hope Murph’s OK but Mumford plays a pretty strong brand of footy that everyone’s admired for a long period.

“We’re not close enough, we need to work on a lot of things.

“We need to be more brutal in the contest, we got smashed yesterday.

“We need to work really hard on our skill level, it’s an area where we need to smash into it as a playing group.”

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Docherty said the club would be unsparing in their review of the game.

“We’ve got to ask hard questions and we’ll do that internally this week and, hopefully, we’ll get the response next week,” Docherty said.

“It would be naive to think … these losses don’t burn with us and they don’t hurt us.”

The Blues are a game clear on the bottom of the ladder with only one win.

“A performance like yesterday, I think it spreads throughout the whole playing group and club,” Lloyd said.

“Brendon [Bolton] comes under pressure, but we all do … it was very poor.”

With AAP

Jake Niall is a Walkley award-winning sports journalist and chief AFL writer for The Age. He writes news, commentary and analysis on a variety of other sports.

Michael Gleeson is an award-winning senior sports writer specialising in AFL and athletics.

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