COLLINGWOOD’S misfiring forward line will come under heavy selection pressure as coach Nathan Buckley considers a rejig for the Anzac Day blockbuster.
Buckley admitted he and the players were frustrated by their inability to convert inside-50m after slumping to 1-3 with a 14-point loss to St Kilda.
The Magpies kicked only seven goals on Sunday and have not managed more than 86 points in their first four games this season.
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Slick midfielder Daniel Wells will push to make his Collingwood debut against Essendon next Tuesday, while first-year father-son gem Josh Daicos is also the mix after a strong VFL performance on Saturday.
Buckley, who delivered an animated address to his players at three quarter time, said the Magpies had to start capitalising on the scoreboard in games.
“I’m frustrated, there is a bit of frustration and a bit of venting coming out between the coaches box and the ground,” Buckley said.
“On the whole, the workrate has been relatively good, but if you don’t get rewarded for the work that you do you can be disheartened at times and I think we are seeing a little bit of that.
“We need to reward ourselves a little bit more when we get into that front half, finish a little bit better and hit the scoreboard harder.”
Darcy Moore’s struggles continued with the star 21-year-old key forward going goalless for the third time in four games.
Livewire Alex Fasolo and Jesse White booted one major each, while Jamie Elliott was also quiet with only six possessions in his return from a year and a half out of the game.
Buckley said the entire forward line will be scrutinised as well as the delivery into the attacking zone during the eight day lead-in to Anzac Day.
“We will clearly keep trying to add to that mix and I think it’s not just Darcy (who is out of form),” he said.
“None of our forwards have really looked dangerous at any stage this year.
“We have enjoyed high inside-50s, so we haven’t had any trouble getting it there. We just haven’t been able to get it there at the right pace and tempo.”
Buckley said the Magpies’ ball use needed to improve against the Bombers.
“We just saw some really poor decisions made in the midfield when the forwards were in good positions and we weren’t able to take advantage of it,” he said.
Buckley also singled out a “20 per cent” drop-off in defensive pressure as a key disappointment.
Collingwood notched 115 tackles in the win over Sydney Swans last round but managed only 55 against St Kilda.
The coach said the Pies lifted in that area in the last 10 minutes of the match but were poor in the second and third terms.
“That comes back down to work rate and intent and clearly in the last 10 minutes it was greater but it was too little too late and the players said they felt like they betrayed themselves in that regard,” Buckley said.
“There is great frustration at that and we need to be a side that continues to be more consistent bringing our brand of footy and tonight we lowered our colours in that regard.”
Captain Scott Pendlebury spent an extended period on the bench in the third term but Buckley downplayed any injury concerns, saying the star onballer was fit.
Originally published as Magpie forwards face selection axe
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