22/04/2024

Collingwood coach Robert Harvey is hoping his side can build on last weekends performance. (Photo: @CollingwoodFC/Twitter).

Collingwood coach Robert Harvey spoke about his sides improved performance last week ahead of their match up with rivals Carlton this weekend

Since the bye and the departure of Nathan Buckley, the Pies have had an issue of consistency, playing a more exciting attacking brand of footy in the final term compared to the first three quarters.

In their round 15 loss to the Dockers, the Pies scored five goals in the final term to almost steal the game.

The week later against the Saints the Pies went from scoring just three goals at the end of the third quarter to kicking 5 goals and 6 behinds in the final term compared to two behinds to just fall short by nine points.

While last week’s victory against the Tigers was similar, needing to score seven last quarter goals to win, Collingwood coach Robert Harvey felt his side team played better over the first three terms.

“I just thought this week was a little bit different in the fact that in review and with the coaches and players I just thought we played better footy for the first three quarters,” Harvey said.

“Probably in the previous two weeks, you know we probably got going late but I just thought we were playing a lot better all day. It felt like if we had persisted with the way we were playing it would turn in the last quarter.”

“That is what happened and yeah we obviously scored really well and that’s a good thing as well to be able to play that exciting brand, that’s what we are after.”

Harvey was pleased for his playing group to start to get the recognition they deserve and liked how the forward line operated.

“So I just think it was just good reward for everyone because when you do put your nose to the grindstone and work hard you want to be rewarded and that’s what we got late, so it was good for our forwards to get good supply,” Harvey said.

“We had 55 entries last week, so just to get good supply for them.

“I just think they are looking more dangerous, so we just want to maintain that.”

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For a team that is 5-11, the Pies have been a relatively competitive side all season having only lost two games by five or more goals. Since their last 30-point loss in round nine to the Swans, Collingwood has lost four games by an average losing margin of only eight points.

“At the baseline, I think this group does work hard and we’re hard to play against as a rule, so that’s what we want to continue to be,” said Harvey.

“It has always been based on that defensive style first and then into that offence and that’s still looking strong for us and we just need to maintain that ability to do that.”

Collingwood meets rivals, Carlton this weekend in a much-anticipated game for both fan bases who will want bragging rights, however, Harvey played down the rivalry as just another game.

“In the end, we understand the rivalry, it is there, it’s obviously a long history between the two clubs but most of our guys are really young guys that weren’t part of that history,” he said.

“They are probably aware of it somewhere in the back of their minds but in the end, it is a game of footy that we want to get out and win whoever that is against.

“It’s probably more for the supporters.”

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