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Judd warns Blues must keep improving

By Roger Vaughan 09/06/2008 04:04:14 PM Comments (0)

Carlton captain Chris Judd is in awe of the "huge" AFL win over Port Adelaide, but has warned the Blues to keep it in perspective.

The Blues kicked seven goals to nil in the final term at AAMI Stadium to beat Port by 12 points and improve to a 5-6 record halfway through the AFL season.

They are definitely improving, but Judd said the team must build on the performance.

"It was huge - bar winning a final, that's about as good a win as it gets," he said.

"To kick three goals for the first quarters and then seven to come away with the win against a quality side at their home ground (and) they had a lot to play for, it was extremely satisfying."

Asked if the comeback win could be the making of the team, Judd replied: "Probably not, it is just one game.

"It was a super win and no doubt we will gain some confidence from it, but we've got to keep things in perspective.

"It is one game - we've won three games in a row on one occasion and other than that we've struggled to put together consecutive wins."

Judd admitted a victory was far from his mind at the start of the last term.

"I wouldn't say I was walking out of the three-quarter time huddle thinking to come away with the win, but it was a huge effort and we were rapt to get it," he said.

The Blues play top-eight side Collingwood next Sunday and then struggling duo Essendon and Richmond before a week off in a critical three-week period in their season.

"It can do one of two things, it can either give you confidence going into this week, that you're able to fight back no matter what the situation, or conversely it can make you say 'ah well, the pressure's off, we've had a win, we're five and six'," said Judd.

"It can go either way and we're pretty keen to focus on this week against probably the in-form side in the competition."

The skipper was outstanding on Sunday night, picking up 32 disposals, but Judd was particularly pleased with the contributions of younger team-mates such as Matthew Kreuzer (three goals), Bryce Gibbs, Marc Murphy, Shaun Grigg and Jordan Russell.

Judd is pleased with his own form and said the Blues were probably performing to their expectations.

He said it was far too early for Carlton to even consider a return to the finals.

"The body's feeling good, I've got no complaints or dramas and I'm just happy to be out there," he said.

"It's just so far away, finals, at this stage of the year.

"We've got a huge three weeks ahead of us before the break and we really don't need to look any further than this week, so that's where we're at."

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