Pies still have work to do after AFL win
Posted on 04/25/20 7:43 PM
Josh Thomas led the way in attack for Collingwood with a career-high five goalsA win is a win but Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley isn’t going to use the Pies’ breakthrough 24-point victory over Carlton to paper over the cracks in his AFL side’s uneven performance.
The Magpies launched a stunning 10-goal blitz to set up a 16.4 (100) to 11.10 (76) win in front of 68,548 fans at the MCG on Friday night.
But they were outplayed early and didn’t press home their advantage in the second half after they led by 36 points at halftime.
“We’re happy to get a win … we didn’t play with much conviction in the second half but our footy in the first half after a slow start was pretty good,” Buckley said.
“We weren’t happy with our effort in round one and the effort in round two was a bit better and today was patchy in that regard.
“The scoreboard looked really good for us (at halftime) and potentially we got carried away with that.
“We lost some of our disciplines with the way we wanted to play so we didn’t play with a great conviction in the second half but you take the win.”
Steele Sidebottom was outstanding with 35 possessions and three goals.
He also escaped suspension for a sling tackle on young Blue Zac Fisher.
Match reviewer Michael Christian fined Sidebottom $2000 for the incident.
Josh Thomas led the way in attack for Collingwood with a career-high five goals.
Midfielders Adam Treloar, Will Hoskin-Elliott and Sidebottom all spent time at full-forward at various stages of the contest.
Mason Cox and Ben Reid were back in the side after missing last week’s loss to Greater Western Sydney.
Reid was one of three players to boot three goals, while Cox went goalless.
Buckley was happy with the output of his talls but admitted he was still searching for his most effective forward structure.
“We’ve just got to continue to find that best mix, not just tall/small but the right mix of six or seven and how often to use the mids in those roles,” he said.
“We’re getting enough supply, we haven’t struggled for supply in the early stages of the year, but we want to convert a little bit better.
“We scored nine times from 17 entries in the second so that’s a little bit better but we still need to make that a habit rather than a one off.”