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Carlton cruise past poor Essendon at the MCG… but Vossy still isn’t happy!

Carlton cruises past poor Essendon at the MCG… but Vossy is still not happy! Blues coach launches SPRAY 3/4 time as no-nonsense boss demands more from his stars despite 26-point win

  • Carlton solidified their top four credentials with a comfortable win vs Essendon
  • However, Coach Michael Voss was still not happy with his side’s performance
  • The Carlton boss launched a ferocious three-quarter-time spray on his stars
  • Charlie Curnow said it was ‘necessary’ as they rode to a 26 point win

Carlton bolstered their top four credentials with a comfortable win over a poor Essendon side in the MCG, but boss Michael Voss was still not happy with his team’s effort.

Despite holding a healthy 28-point lead with a quarter to go, Vossy was seen in no uncertain terms that he was dissatisfied with the effort on his part after taking their foot off the gas in the last 10 minutes of the third term.

Striker Charlie Curnow revealed that the Carlton coach was far from happy with his side’s request, but insisted that his teammates ‘needed’ that spray to get back to their best.

Michael Voss launched a ferocious spray on his Carlton stars during their win against Essendon

Michael Voss launched a ferocious spray on his Carlton stars during their win against Essendon

“There were some things in our game that we weren’t happy with and he kind of brought us up to speed, it seems,” he said on Fox Footy.

‘He can certainly go, Vossy, he has a very nice balance. There were a few things where we needed to get a little better control of the game and you always need a spray like that here and there.’

In front of 65,440 fans, Essendon delivered a memorable pre-game show at the MCG as Captain Dyson Heppell delivered a rousing speech to players in a circle filled with Bombers legends from the past 50 years.

But even the emotion of a historic event couldn’t help Essendon deliver a huge shock as the 16th-seeded Bombers stumbled to 2-10 this season.

Essendon soared after Carlton netted the first three goals of the game, but the Blues got ahead by kicking from 5.3 to 2.2 in the second quarter.

In an uninspiring last quarter, both teams went goalless after the Blues led by 28 points at three quarters of the time.

Carlton had too much class in midfield, and forward with twin towers Harry McKay (three goals) and Charlie Curnow (two), leading the winners 12.8 (80) to 7.12 (54).

The Blues coach was far from happy with the registration from his side at three quarters of the time

The Blues coach was far from happy with the registration from his side at three quarters of the time

At 9-3, the Blues are heading for their first appearance in the final since 2013, but their list of injuries continues to grow.

Already without star-back Jacob Weitering, midfielder Adam Cerra (hamstring) was eliminated against the Bombers in the first quarter and replaced by Matthew Cottrell.

Utility Jack Silvangi and midfielder Matt Kennedy looked sore at the end of the third quarter, but were both able to return to the field in the final period.

Essendon was hit by the late withdrawal of key midfielder Andrew McGrath (groin) and was further hit when fellow onballer Darcy Parish was sidelined in the third quarter with a suspected calf injury.

Star forward Charlie Curnow said the spray was needed to kickstart them in the fourth term

Star forward Charlie Curnow said the spray was needed to kick-start them in the fourth term

Carlton solidified their top four credentials with a comfortable victory over the Bombers

Carlton solidified their top four credentials with a comfortable victory over the Bombers

Comeback boy Sam Docherty was once again one of Carlton’s best when he pushed back his All-Australian roster claims in his first season after recovering from testicular cancer.

Adam Saad chased after his former club, with the dashing defender getting booed from Essendon supporters for each of his 19 possessions.

The struggling Bombers will be back on the Friday night stage next week when they face red-hot St Kilda at Marvel Stadium, while the Blues will beat Richmond in the MCG for the second time this season.

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