Bombers pile the misery on their old enemy Collingwood with 37-point win
TODAY’S LINE-UP: Matthew Lloyd, Leigh Matthews, Caroline Wilson, Tim Lane, Tony Leonard, and Doc Larkins.
Collingwood defender Lynden Dunn told 3AW it was the side’s most disappointing effort for the year.
“Our fans have every right to be disgruntled,” he said.
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Five-goal hero Orazio Fantasia spoke to 3AW after the win.
He said it was relieving to hold on after conceding big leads in the last two games.
“Our pressure went away in the last quarter last week. Everyone became a little selfish,” he said.
“This time around we stuck to our guns and played really well.”
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Essendon has given their old enemy a fair hiding, winning by 37 points.
Orazio Fantasia starred up forward, booting five goals, while David Zaharakis was prolific through midfield.
Alex Fasolo finished with four goals for the Pies.
Matthew Lloyd said the Pies are a “bottom four side” at the moment.
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Essendon leads by 27 points at the main break.
The Pies have been competitive but skill errors at key moments have undermined their effort.
Matthew Lloyd pinpointed one Taylor Adams clanger that cost them dearly before half time.
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Magpies assistant Brenton Sanderson spoke to 3AW before the clash.
He said he’s “quietly confident” Nathan Buckley will still be coaching next year.
“I really hope he is, he’s doing a really good job,” Sanderson said.
“Hopefully, today we get a four-quarter performance and we (won’t) talk about him this week.”
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Collingwood has made a late change.
Jeremy Howe has been withdrawn with calf tightness, with Matt Scharenberg coming in.
Essendon will line up unchanged.
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