I agree with most opinions on this thread. But none of these talking points should be a surprise.
We have a midfield that has been beaten badly in stoppages most games and also is very poor - lazy - defensively. This weakness was certain to be exploited by the Number 1 team in the competition - who, incidentally, is not playing Scott Thompson! Would WE do that?
We were badly beaten in the air … but, then, Carlton did that last week.
Three absurd HTB decisions against us in the 1st quarter were predictably outrageous BUT why was it obvious early in the match that we would be beaten? Surely you felt this.
I HATE that our coaching strategy is ‘follow the leader’. O.K., so we’re weak in the midfield and in the air defensively. Why don’t we capitalise on our forward dominance? Daniher and Hooker in the air with Tippa and previously Fantasia at ground level. And Stewart improving as a third tall.
Why play these players in the same sort of insane neutralising cluster that every side uses? We set up offensively last week the same as Carlton! We did the same last night. Joe was matched against a much smaller opponent and wasn’t isolated. Why?
The ‘modern game’ makes no sense to me whatsoever - and is an awful and frustrating spectacle. But most people won’t admit this because the media tells them what to believe!
Eventually someone truly intelligent will take over a talented side, create a logical game-plan ignoring EVERYTHING about the current game, focusing on isolating the strengths of their list and drag this code from the S-bend.