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Carrazzo confident Blues have learned

By Guy Hand 13/06/2011 04:42:40 PM Comments (0)

Complacency is just as much Carlton's enemy as the three other front-runners for this season's AFL flag, says midfielder Andrew Carrazzo.

The Blues have crept to third on the ladder after winning eight and drawing one of their 11 matches - the latest win a 61-point hammering of Brisbane at the weekend.

Their only defeats have been to the top two sides in the competition, Geelong and Collingwood.

But Carrazzo said the Blues were mindful of getting too far ahead of themselves, considering they had squandered a 7-4 start to last season, limped into the finals and exited in week one.

"We went through what happened last year with dropping off after we were in a good position at halfway, so it's going to be our challenge from here on not to let that happen again," Carrazzo said on Monday.

"What we went through last year might be a good thing now, because it's forcing us not to (look too far ahead).

"Everyone understands now we're in a good position, and we don't want to let it slip with four or five bad performances."

The win over Brisbane reinforced Carlton's credentials as flag contenders, along with the Cats, Magpies and fourth-placed Hawthorn.

The Blues are confident defender Michael Jamison will play against Sydney this weekend after being taken off for the final quarter of the Brisbane win.

Jamison had been battling an ankle problem all week.

Carrazzo said there was no doubt the key backman - who outpointed Lions' spearhead Jonathan Brown in an outstanding display - would be fit to take on the Swans at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

"It was a big effort for him to get up and play, but he's a pretty tough character," Carrazzo said.

"From all reports, he's pulled up pretty well."

Coach Brett Ratten said Jamison's substitution at three-quarter time was precautionary and also expected the defender to be fine for the Swans match.

Carrazzo said ruck-forward Matthew Kreuzer had also pulled up well from his first game in 12 months.

Kreuzer had limited impact in his return from a knee reconstruction, but still managed 13 touches and 12 hitouts.

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