Michael Voss says struggling Carlton Blues can rebound


Carlton coach Michael Voss insists the Blues haven’t been distracted by every week of “exterior” criticism, coming as a season-defining swing continues towards arch-rival Collingwood subsequent Sunday.

The Blues have been valiant in recovering from a 31-point deficit towards the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night time to snare the lead for the primary time in an enthralling closing time period. However they have been unable to maintain this, and finally fell by 20 factors.

A pre-season favorite of many to finish a decade-long finals drought, they’ve now dropped 4 of their previous 5 matches – their solely win on this interval was towards the lowly West Coast Eagles – they usually face a serious struggle to stay in top-eight calculations.

Jack Silvagni and Rory Lobb go to work at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.

Jack Silvagni and Rory Lobb go to work at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night time.Credit score: Getty Pictures

Membership powerbrokers and previous gamers put the membership beneath the highlight final week, with Voss admitting it was onerous to disregard the feedback stated about him and the membership.

“It’s onerous to not, when it’s surrounding you, however for us, the reply will not be trying exterior, it’s trying inner. What we get to have the ability to management is what we do and the way we prepare, and the way we flip up and the way we get higher and the way we execute in these moments,” he stated.

“For something to vary, that’s what we’ve got to get after. For us, it’s eyes down, it’s eyes in, and we’ve got to go once more, so we’ve got an prolonged break this week to go to work on our sport.

“I don’t are likely to look too far forward, however the sport in entrance of us is, clearly, Collingwood, so we’ve got acquired to get ourselves prepared for that. They’ve their very own threats we’ve got acquired to handle. Now we have acquired some issues we have to get after as a precedence.”

Star midfielder Sam Walsh, having had an interrupted marketing campaign due to again surgical procedure, was at his greatest towards the Bulldogs, whereas unsung pair Matthew Cottrell and small ahead Matthew Owies (three targets) performed a key position. Skipper Patrick Cripps struggled within the first half, when he didn’t have a clearance, however responded after the principle break when the Blues have been capable of play a extra artistic model of soccer.

Missing creativeness, they have been badly crushed in uncontested possession earlier than half-time, however ran extra in waves within the third, with rebounding half-back Adam Saad central to this.

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