AFL 2022: Collingwood Magpies vs Western Bulldogs, coach Craig McRae slips his team

Collingwood manager Craig McRae showed how poor his team was on Friday night with a four-word joke about his team’s future.

Collingwood manager Craig McRae joked that if his team continues to play as they did on Friday night, they will be “carried over to Sunday” while the rest of the match unfolds.

The Magpies suffered their heaviest defeat of the season in prime time, when the Western Bulldogs took a 48-point win at Marvel Stadium.

“I’m disappointed that we didn’t have a show on Friday night because we didn’t have much of a chance to do it,” McRae said after the game.

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“I just want to be better than that … the Friday night lights are bright and shining on us and we were disappointed.”

McRae refused to use his team’s third straight six-day break as an excuse for their performance, and he certainly wouldn’t even blame the flu after it hit part of his team during the week, and forced Scott Pendlebury and Jack Ginnivan out to the side.

“I don’t want to make excuses, I really don’t, because I feel like you can play with a runny nose and keep playing your role – that’s what good teams do,” he said.

McRae was ready to grant “a little grace” to his developing team after a fairly competitive first couple of months for the season, but jokingly suggested that his players may need to wear mouthguards to practice in the coming weeks. if their contested play had continued to trend in the wrong direction.

Bulldogs beat Pies in disputed possessions (146-106) and clearances (43-27).

“There is a controversial method we need to improve on,” he said.

“I just thought our fundamentals overall were really low today. We have worked a lot on it, but we still have a lot to do. “

At times, McCrae felt like his side was completely disconnected against Dogs.

“I think we had 14 players in Collingwood sweaters and four or five of them were saying, ‘Are they wearing our sweater tonight? Are they predictable about what we’re doing? ‘”McRae said.

“These are the coaching questions, ‘We have to be on the same page.’ So a lot of that for me is coaching and I take responsibility for that: if we’re not on the same line, we have to work harder to make sure we do it. “

The attacking line seemed particularly dysfunctional for Collingwood and young Oliver Henry was emblematic of their fights, missing three shots from the set and making a handful of other costly skill and decision mistakes that robbed his team of good looks. in the door.

“Sometimes it takes 50-70 games to feel like you belong at this level and be able to pick up the pace,” said McRae.

“He’s played 10 odd games … he does something good and then he does something bad, and I think it’s the roller coaster we’re going on with some of our youngsters – it’ll be painful for some at times and we just have to ride it and bring them back. inside and make him believe.

“I think at the moment I believe more than some of them in what they are capable of.”

Defender Jack Madgen’s season is under the clouds after suffering a dislocated shoulder, but McRae was hoping Pendelebry, Ginnivan and Jamie Elliott (shoulder) would return for their daunting trip to Optus Stadium against the first two Fremantles.

Originally published as The Collingwood manager hits his team with a stinging sled