It was a disappointing game for the Blues, going down to Port Adelaide by 28 points at the MCG.
Carlton were able to match Port Adelaide in most key performance indicators for the game, but couldn’t capitalize on opportunities when handed to them.
“The positive was we broke even on some of them and even more scoring shots and inside 50s,” coach David Teague said in his post-match press conference.
“There’s bits you want to grab onto but at the end of the day, I think we learned a lesson in terms of how clean they were with the ball.”
Carlton had 57 inside 50s for the match, plus nine on Port Adelaide, but it was the same old story through out the game as missed opportunities piled up.
“We got some good looks but we couldn’t even get it inside 50 and connect, but when they got their looks they went forward and scored,” Teague said.
“At the end of the day we had 75 chains and kicked four goals, 11 [behinds] and they had 72 and kicked 10 goals, one [behind] which is the game in itself.
“We’ve got to get better and that’s what I take out of it.”
Defender Jacob Weitering had a concussion scare, spending 15 minutes off the ground going through the protocols. Once he got the all clear and came back on he was a positive in a disappointing game.
“He’s just a competitor we saw him late in the game make a great tackle where it looked like they were out. He just competed for 105 minutes,” Teague said.
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Although the result didn’t fall the way of Carlton, Teague still looks forward to games against the strong competitors like Port Adelaide.
“These are the games you want to play in,” he said.
“You want to play in these games and compete against the best. At the end of the day you want to beat the best and that’s what we’ve got to get to.
“Today tells us we aren’t there yet and we get another opportunity next week against Brisbane. We need to beat these teams to show our progression.”
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