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Worsfold: Banned players feeling the pinch



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    Essendon coach John Worsfold fears his banned batch of players have hit the wall.

    After a 65-point defeat to Adelaide on Saturday night, Worsfold says ex-skipper Jobe Watson and others are struggling in their return to AFL ranks after a season on the sidelines.

    “Some of those players have felt the pinch,” Worsfold said.

    “It sort of hit us as a group … we have hit the wall a little bit in the last couple of weeks, so it gives us an idea about how much work we have got to do.”

    Worsfold said the extent of the struggles of the banned players was hard to quantify.

    “It’s really hard to assess that, it’s an unknown,” he said.

    “We had that many players that are just coming back together … we have got to build that understanding of each other.

    “One, we have got to find out where our fitness levels are right now. And I think we are going to find out a bit about that over a number of weeks.

    “But it’s just a really hard thing at the moment to say ‘where do we sit as a group’.

    “We know the talent we have got on our list but they haven’t played footy together for a long time.

    “I hear other coaches regularly saying we have got two or three new players in our group and it’s taking a while to gel. Well, we’re in a real big part of that.”

    Worsfold said Essendon were punished by a Crows team he regards as “one of the most highly-rated teams in the competition, if not the most highly-rated.

    “We are playing a team that is playing potentially premiership football,” Worsfold said.

    “They are moving the ball as good as you will see any team move it.”

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    • April 16th 2017 @ 11:05am
      Peter said | April 16th 2017 @ 11:05am | ! Report

      Nice praise from Westfold who with more thought could have continued as the Crows coach? However, the way Adelaide played after half time, most sides in a better space than Essendon as he notes, would have come back and beaten Adelaide. They were pathetic. Interestingly both coach an captain commented they had a shocking 3rd quarter. Perhaps Essendon are not as far off as Worsfold described? It was only in “junk” time that the Crows woke up and kicked a few fourth quarter goals. Maybe looking at the way Port Adelaide fell away as well says the 42nd Showdown took the crap out of both sides for this week? Clubs never admit that, which is a shame.

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        April 16th 2017 @ 8:23pm
        bdosi said | April 16th 2017 @ 8:23pm | ! Report

        Peter – the game was over after 15 mins.
        Adelaide did exactly what they needed to – flex their muscle for a half and then ice the game in the last.
        To suggest a better side than Essendon would have won that match is ridiculous.

    • April 16th 2017 @ 11:17am
      Joe said | April 16th 2017 @ 11:17am | ! Report

      From the outside essendon players look like they can’t be bothered doing the basics.

    • April 16th 2017 @ 11:29am
      SmithHatesMaxwell said | April 16th 2017 @ 11:29am | ! Report

      Maybe they’re missing the peptides?

    • April 16th 2017 @ 1:23pm
      mdso said | April 16th 2017 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

      Well SmithHatesMaxwell, it all depends whether you are enabling or the other unsaid word. The differences are so minimal its difficult to quantify. Particularly, when the AFL under the WADA code allow pain killing injections.

      Sounds like six of one, half a dozen of the other.

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