Carlton football boss Brad Lloyd wishes they had more of the AFL aggro that landed Blues veteran Marc Murphy in hospital with fractured ribs.
Lloyd said he had no issue with the big hit from GWS ruckman Shane Mumford that took out Murphy in Sunday’s disastrous loss.
Murphy, who will miss several weeks because of the rib damage, was discharged from hospital on Sunday night and flew back to Melbourne on Monday.
AFL match reviewer Michael Christian has cleared Mumford for the incident, while Lloyd wants Carlton’s under-performing players to take note of the Giants ruckman’s attitude.
“Look, in some ways, that’s the way you like footy to be played,” Lloyd told SEN.
“You don’t like seeing players hurt but I would have liked to have seen more physicality from us yesterday.
“I hope Murph’s okay but Mumford plays a pretty strong brand of footy that everyone’s admired for a long period.”
GWS mauled Carlton by 93 points to renew pressure on the Blues and their coach Brendon Bolton.
But the badly-struggling Blues appear set to stay the course with the under-pressure coach for now.
Club president Mark Loguidice on Monday night labelled it an “unacceptable” performance but declared Bolton retained the board’s support – a position he has been forced to confirm on multiple occasions over the past 12 months.
Lloyd wanted Carlton to be tougher in the contest.
“We’re not close enough, we need to work on a lot of things,” he said.
“We need to be more brutal in the contest, we got smashed yesterday. We need to work really hard on our skill level, it’s an area where we need to smash into it as a playing group.”
Lloyd added that Bolton is far from the only person at Carlton under the pump.
The Blues are a game clear in bottom with only one win, and Sunday’s debacle comes a fortnight after they also suffered a poor loss to North Melbourne.
Former North Melbourne great Wayne Carey was among the AFL pundits questioning the Blues’ continued lack of improvement under Bolton.
“There’s some real red flags for me,” Carey said on the Seven Network.
“After that (loss) two weeks ago, I didn’t think we’d see that again for the rest of the year and we’ve seen it straight away.”