Collingwood coach Craig McRae was pleased with his crew’s effort in Thursday night time’s seven-point loss to the Brisbane Lions on the Gabba, however conceded it had loads to work on transferring ahead.
The Magpies fell to their third-straight loss regardless of main by 13 factors quarter time and staying aggressive throughout the opposite three quarters.
But talking after the sport as his crew slumped to 2-3, McRae stated honourable losses wouldn’t lower it.
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“We are really proud of the effort, just the ability to keep coming. Really good opposition up here, big game, we had opportunities to get whooped off the park if you like, but we hung in there, and I reckon we learnt a lot about ourselves tonight,” he instructed reporters.
“We want to win, let’s face it, honourable losses are one thing, but if you have 22 honourable losses you finish bottom.
“We‘re here to win and we didn’t get the job done and we’ve got some work to do still.”
Collingwood gained the within 50 rely 62-54 on the night time, however lacked class and polish within the ahead half because it was unable end a number of chains of play.
The Magpies went into the sport with out 4 of their greatest forwards in Brody Mihocek (well being and security protocols), Jack Ginnivan (soreness), Beau McCreery (hip) and Jamie Elliott (AC joint), with McRae flagging the previous three will probably return for the Anzac Day conflict in opposition to Essendon.
And though swinging Darcy Moore (two objectives) ahead paid dividends, McRae conceded the daring three-tall setup of Nathan Kreuger (196cm), Mason Cox (211cm) and Darcy Cameron (204cm) “probably didn’t work.”
Jordan De Goey (4 objectives), Krueger and third-gamer Reef McInnes (two objectives every) had been the Magpies’ most full of life forwards, whereas Cameron could possibly be a compelled omission after getting subbed out with a suspected cracked rib.
“It’s (the forward line setup) a work in progress,” McRae stated.
It hasn’t appeared the identical for 3 weeks now. (Forward coach) Hayden Skipworth is doing an superior job for us, attempting to connect it collectively. We’re attempting a number of various things… we’re going to proceed to work.”
Star Lions midfielder Lachie Neale produced a best-on-ground efficiency in opposition to the Magpies, racking up 33 disposals, 12 contested, regardless of Scott Pendlebury paying shut consideration to him all through the night time.
The Pies skipper moved into the midfield after taking part in throughout half again this season, and McRae stated it got here all the way down to placing an skilled participant on Neale and greater physique across the stoppage.
“We’re here to get better, we’re here to try things. You’re going to get some right, get some wrong, but it’s not through a lack of trying,” he stated.
“Pendles was probably on the ground a bit too long. It sort of affected other parts of our game, rotation wise. We sort of went away from, it allowed other guys to spend more time onto him, it became more of a team tag. He’s (Neale) a good player though, isn’t he?”
All in all, McRae stated the Pies would take loads of learnings away from the sport forward of their assembly with the Bombers in 10 days.
“We walk away without the four points. Are we disappointed? Yes. Do we need to get better? Yes we do,” he stated.
“But I think we‘ve learnt a lot about ourselves tonight about taking more risks when we’re down.
“Let‘s be braver and be prepared to fail having a crack at it instead of being back on our haunches. That’s our message.”