You win and you learn: Blues take lessons from big win

Carlton Coach David Teague. Image: carltonfc.com.au

A convincing win over Fremantle in round three won’t deter Carlton from the chance to improve ahead of Saturday’s match up against the Gold Coast Suns, coach David Teague said.

The Blues ran out 45-point winners against the Dockers in what was largely a comprehensive display, but Teague says there were still plenty of lessons learned from the win.

“The learnings for us was… what was different around the Fremantle game than the Collingwood game,” he said on Thursday.

“I thought our defensive system looked a lot better… I thought our work around the stoppages, and to be able to win the ground ball and the contested ball against Freo were really strong.

“Every week we want to go out and get better, and that’s our challenge, to take our learnings away and improve our performance.

Ahead of his side’s match-up against the largely undermanned Suns this week, Teague says the Blues’ focus won’t be on the areas in which the Suns are lacking depth. 

“They’ve been very good in the contest, they’re quite strong around the ball,” he said.

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“We’ll focus on what we can control, and what we need to be is strong at ground level, we need to get a contest in the air and then be really strong at ground level.”

With competition for best-22 spots heating up at the Blues, Teague also laid out the objectives for those on the fringe of selection to break back into the senior side.

“It doesn’t matter where you play or where you train, you’ve got to go out there and get better, and that’s what we need to do as a football club right now,” he said.

“We’ve still got a lot of room to grow, and that’s going to be our challenge, to keep getting better.

“For the guys that aren’t in the side, they’ve got to keep playing the best football they can play and keep working on the areas they want to work on, and make sure they’re bringing their strengths to each game.”

Undoubtedly the star performer in round three, Teague said that key forward Harry McKay’s 7-goal haul can still be improved upon.

“I think he looked at the game and felt there were some opportunities he didn’t capitalise on, and that’s what it’s about, it’s about learning,” Teague said of McKay.

“He needs to learn what he did well, how he got those opportunities and how to make the most of them.”

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