Carlton has been accused of having “no idea” how to close out matches after once again being run down in the closing minutes.
A Tom Lynch goal in the dying stages allowed Richmond to snatch a 58-all draw with the Blues in the season-opener at the MCG.
It’s the third straight match Carlton has failed to win after leading with two minutes to go, all at the MCG.
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The club missed the finals in 2022 on goal difference, after last gasp losses to Melbourne and Collingwood in the final two matches.
On Thursday night, Carlton had a six point lead over the Tigers, only for a turnover to give Richmond a chance to steal a draw.
Harry McKay was in space inside 50, with Lochie O’Brien taking too long to get his kick away, allowing the defence to pressure McKay and force the turnover.
“He was about 80m clear, Harry,” two-time premiership winner David King told Radio SEN.
“There are three security guards on the fence. They were his closest combatants.
“It’s one thing to teach, it’s another thing to learn. Lochie O’Brien had no idea what he was doing late in the game. No idea. ‘Dumb players get you sacked’ is a Robert Walls-ism. He would’ve been furious this morning.”
Carlton had another chance to steal the win with about 10 seconds remaining, but new recruit Blake Acres couldn’t take an uncontested mark at half-forward.
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King pointed out that there were 50 matches last year that were decided by 12 points or less, putting increased emphasis on how teams protect a tight lead.
“This year every team is training the two-minute drill at the end of games because we know how tight the competition is,” he explained.
“It’s the gap between making finals and finishing top four.”
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