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Bombers blitz Power in 70-point thumping

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LINE-UP: Tony Shaw, Daniel Harford, Michael Christian, Shane McInnes, and Tiff Cherry.

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THE WASH-UP 

Essendon coach John Worsfold spoke to 3AW on Sunday afternoon.

He said he doesn’t think fans should boo players who leave the club.

“People have got to understand that’s the nature of the game,” Worsfold said.

“We had Josh Green playing pretty well for us, and James Kelly, who have come from other clubs.

“If we’re going to welcome players to our club, then we have to understand it goes both ways.”

Worsfold also said he’ll open negotiations with Jobe Watson for a contract extension in the coming weeks.

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Essendon veteran Jobe Watson spoke to 3AW in the rooms.

He said it was pleasing to keep a high-scoring side like Port to just 61 points.

He also said Conor McKenna is a character – who loves mayonnaise.

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FULL TIME

Essendon has thumped the Power to the tune of 70 points.

Cale Hooker booted five goals, while Joe Daniher and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti both booted four.

Tony Shaw said it was Essendon’s handball from the contest that cut Port apart.

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HALF TIME 

Essendon has sprinted out of the blocks and lead by 52 points.

Cale Hooker has five – yes, five – goals at half time.

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Port coach Ken Hinkley spoke to 3AW before the clash.

He explained why he encourages his players to stay off social media.

“Social media is a platform for negative and, sometimes, abusive feedback,” Hinkley said.

“In elite sport, or anything that you’re in the public eye, you leave yourself more open to criticism.

“Not many people hand out pats on the back too often.

“I think it’s dangerous and, in the world we live in today, I don’t see the need to hear that if I’m a player.”

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The Power are six spots above the Bombers on the ladder.

But they’ll be level on wins if Essendon can get home on Saturday night.

With it all on the line, you won’t want to miss this crucial clash at Etihad Stadium.

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