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Ratten thrilled with Blues' mindset

Justin Chadwick 13/08/2011 08:22:34 PM Comments (0)

Carlton coach Brett Ratten praised his AFL team's selfless nature after Saturday's 30-point triumph over Fremantle at Patersons Stadium.

Along with dominant performances from skipper Chris Judd (34 possessions, one goal) and goalsneak Eddie Betts (six goals), the Blues were well served by Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs, Andrew Walker, Kade Simpson, Aaron Joseph, Dennis Armfield and Mitch Robinson.

Carlton controlled the contest from start to finish and led by as much as 57 points in the final quarter before easing up to post the 16.19 (115) to 12.13 (85) victory.

Ratten said his team's fighting nature, especially in key moments, proved the difference.

"The first half was outstanding. Some of the individual acts the players had especially (were crucial)," Ratten said.

"Sometimes football can say you're outnumbered or you get the extras.

"But sometimes you have to go and win some big defining moments in games and when you reflect on some of the ones that were, like (Aaron) Joseph's, where he fights and scraps with that contest in the (goal) square (and denied Fremantle a goal), they're defining moments in the game.

"They're just big plays and there only might be 10 to 15 of them, but if you get the ledger on your side, it usually says that you'll win the game.

"The last maybe eight or nine minutes of the game we fell away just with the rotations (limited due to Brett Thornton's injury) and the run. But pretty much for the whole game, I was ecstatic with how we played."

Ratten said defender Michael Jamison was a good chance to return from a knee injury for next Friday's blockbuster clash with Hawthorn, but Jarrad Waite (hip) could be given another week on the sidelines.

Thornton, who was taken to hospital after copping an accidental fist to the face from Garrick Ibbotson in a last-quarter marking contest, faces further assessment.

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