There are some troubled times at the moment at the Collingwood Football Club after another sub-standard performance against St Kilda last round.
After an 80 point thrashing in the first round by Sydney and scraping over the line against a disappointing Richmond in the second round, you would expect a dominating Collingwood performance but that was not the case. They were well beaten by a more determined St Kilda side that wanted this win more. Collingwood lost the disposal count 349-446 and with the least amount of disposals, they also lost the tackle count 53-61 which shows they were not tough enough for long enough. They were well beaten in marks 72-126 which indicates they did not work hard enough around the ground. They looked slow as the St Kilda speedsters were able to score 7 goals over the top of their defense.
Not having captain Scott Pendlebury in the centre bounces certainly hurt their class in the middle despite the depth of their midfield with Levi Greenwood, Taylor Adams, Jordan De Goey, Jack Crisp and new recruits Adam Treloar and James Aish. Travis Cloke is currently not in form up forward so that is putting more pressure on Alex Fasolo, Jarryd Blair, new recruit Jeremy Howe and youngster Darcy Moore to kick the majority of the goals. Collingwood need an in form Cloke to get them back into the finals. Their team defense was well exposed by St Kilda and this is a concern for coach Nathan Buckley and his coaching staff.
The speculation behind the drug testings may be hurting the club but should not be no excuse for their performances this season thus far as they have been poor. Having experienced midfielders Dane Swan and Steele Sidebottom out is not helping them either but they will get Sidebottom back from suspension for this week’s clash with Melbourne which should boost the team.
Collingwood are under pressure from the media and the public so you would think they will respond this weekend, come out firing and win convincingly but if they do not show up then Melbourne will pounce on that and if they win, then more pressure will be on Collingwood and Nathan Buckley.
— The Sportsman