Win was ugly but valu­able

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WORKPLACE -

with Josh Kennedy IT might not have been a great spec­ta­cle at times, but it was cer­tainly sat­is­fy­ing to win against Carl­ton at the MCG.

It was a tough, gru­elling game and it felt like we were in con­trol for most of the day be­fore Carl­ton came back hard at us late and we even­tu­ally won by seven points.

It was far from the per­fect game but it was the re­sult we were look­ing for. We have now won four games in suc­ces­sion and are look­ing to build mo­men­tum.

We know we’ll have to im­prove to get to where we would ideally like to be, but it was a pretty im­por­tant win at the MCG.

We kicked out to lead by a bit more than five goals and we could have been even fur­ther ahead, but al­most paid a price for fail­ing to put the op­po­si­tion away when we had our chances.

We did not cap­i­talise to the full ex­tent when we con­trolled the play and that al­lowed Carl­ton to kick three goals in a row and they started to build be­lief.

From our per­spec­tive though, we were able to stave off the chal­lenge and will look to con­tinue our win­ning streak this week.

We face Melbourne on Satur­day and that won’t be easy ei­ther.

While some of the teams we are play­ing are prob­a­bly out of the fi­nals race, they are look­ing to build hope for their fans and are aim­ing to get as many wins out of the sea­son as pos­si­ble.

There is no doubt that Melbourne, just like Carl­ton, have made strong progress this sea­son and they will see this week’s game as an op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue the de­vel­op­ment of their young team.

Over the past few years un­der Paul Roos the Demons have de­vel­oped a team that is ca­pa­ble of se­ri­ously chal­leng­ing any­one in the com­pe­ti­tion.

They have a qual­ity mid­field built around their skip­per Nathan Jones and young Jack Viney, are dis­ci­plined and com­mit­ted in de­fence and have a few av­enues to goal.

It won’t be easy and it should not be ei­ther. At AFL level, be­cause of the even­ness of the com­pe­ti­tion, most teams are ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any­one on any day, so we will need to be at our best.

As I men­tioned, the Melbourne mid­field have some grunt and we will have to match that with Matt Prid­dis, Luke Shuey and An­drew Gaff.

If they can cre­ate the op­por­tu­ni­ties, it will be up to my­self and the other for­wards to kick a win­ning score.

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