Posted: 14 June, 2016
Magpies smashed by Melbourne Max Gawn.
Eddie McGuire has defended the Magpies team selection while applauding the performance of Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn.
Luke Darcy questioned Collingwood’s selection decisions with the Pies going in with a top-heavy forward structure of Mason Cox, Brodie Grundy, Jesse White and Jarrod Witts.
“Cloke is a more mobile player than any of those guys… Much more mobile than a Cox or a Witts or a Grundy,” Darcy said on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast.
Eddie argued that string of serious injuries contributed to those players being picked while recognising the best on ground performance of Gawn.
“At quarter time Witts and Cox were dominate and probably Grundy was on top. And Max Gawn just took them apart after that,” Eddie said.
“Don’t take anything away from Max Gawn’s game. He was absolutely sensational. Maybe the fact that he was one out, he just grounded them into the dirt.”
Eddie said that the Pies poor performance can be attributed to poor kicking rather than team selection.
“I tell you what we didn’t do properly yesterday. That standard of our kicking was appalling,” Eddie said on Triple M.
“You’ve got two 7-foot blokes at full forward and we couldn’t kick the ball 35m. When we had penetration in our kicks coming out of the centre in the 1st quarter we were on top.”
“Should have been 3 or four goals up, we were 2 goals up. Missed a couple of shots we should have got. That’s where it falls down. I don’t think it’s as simplistic as saying ‘Right. We should have had Cloke in for one of the other blokes’,” Eddie said.
Eddie went on to lament what has been a horror season from the Pies.
“It’s just been a horrible season. It’s as simple as this. Right from the very start, the stories that were written about the club that weren’t right,” Eddie said on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast.
“And I don’t think those stupid photos a the start of the year got us off to a great start either so some self inflicted wounds in the first instance,” he said.
“And then trying to get going. And then when we did we’ve just been slaughtered by injuries. I mean we beat Geelong, beat the Bulldogs up to 3 quarter time. (Then we) lost four players to bone breaks.”