It really felt like a strange result as I felt with some of our surges at different times during the game had us able to stay in the game for most of the night.
It seemed like the final 43pt margin felt more like a 3-4 goal loss, but upon reflection, it actually should have been a 10-13 goal loss given the amount of scoring shots (33-20) and inside 50’s (62-47) that the Crows generated.
Also the Crows missed a number of absolute sitters last night, the Lynch one being a standout along with a couple from Jenkins and McGovern.
Hooker’s goals were all from on or outside the 50 arc that would normally at best be a 50/50 chance but all went through, fortunately for us, much like Johanissen did against us two weeks ago.
Stewart’s set shot long range goal in the last was also at best a 50/50 chance that just happened to get nailed.
This game should have really been a lot uglier statistically on the scoreboard than it actually showed and we were very lucky that our percentage didn’t take a massive battering.
But it also doesn’t help when they start a game with a goal that they shouldn’t have got too after Gleeson punching the ball into McGovern’s lap for them to be paid a mark 20 mtrs out directly in front.
Still though, I believe that the result may have masked far deeper problems with our list as many have alluded to in this thread already.
We just cannot compete with highly skilled midfields of the top teams that have clean, quick and slick transference of the ball with the type of midfield we currently have unfortunately.