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Malthouse slams woeful Magpies

By Guy Hand 08/05/2005 09:05:48 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse has slammed his senior players, accusing them of going through the motions and threatening several with the axe after Fremantle massacred the Magpies by 112 points in Perth.

The Magpies were obliterated in the Dockers' record-breaking effort - the 28.12 (180) to 10.8 (68) rout providing Fremantle's highest ever AFL score and the club's best ever winning margin.

Malthouse was livid after the defeat at Subiaco Oval, which left the 2002 and 2003 grand finalist rooted to the bottom of the ladder.

"It's obviously one of the lowest days in the club's history," Malthouse said.

"I feel for the footy club, I feel for the supporters, and some of the players that are putting in week in week out, only to be let down by the guys you normally rely on.

"When your young blokes at quarter-time are leading the stat sheet, then we have serious problems with senior players.

"And I will say right now, have those senior players looked at the situation, looked at three years ago and two years ago, and thought `Well I don't know whether we can win one, it was a great time then and I'm going through the motions'?

"We will not tolerate picking those senior players."

Despite the poor opposition, the Dockers again signalled serious finals intent and have now kicked 50 goals in their past two matches.

Vice-captain Matthew Pavlich was outstanding once more, midfielder Josh Carr had 39 possessions and Luke McPharlin and Des Headland kicked five goals each.

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