Blues’ players must ‘own’ losses: Cripps, Docherty

Carlton's co-captains Patrick Cripps and injured defender Sam Docherty have called the latest defeat "not acceptable" and called for the players to take responsibility for the club's losses rather than allowing the blame to rest with the coaches.

While the Blues have closed ranks around the embattled senior coach Brendon Bolton at this stage, Cripps and Docherty addressed the players in strong terms in the Metricon Stadium rooms immediately after the last-gasp loss to Gold Coast, when Bolton identified decision making and skill errors as key failings.

'Own it': Blues co-captains Sam Docherty and Patrick Cripps.

'Own it': Blues co-captains Sam Docherty and Patrick Cripps. Credit:Laura Manariti/Supplied

Cripps and Docherty both told the group that the performance against the Suns "was not acceptable" and pointed to the training track as the place to redress their failings, some of which were specified by Bolton in the rooms after the game.

In highlighting decision-making and skill errors, Bolton raised the fact that players had kicked to small forward Michael Gibbons repeatedly, when they had four tall forwards in the side: Charlie Curnow, Harry McKay, Mitch McGovern and Levi Casboult – a problem that was highlighted by ex-Sydney and Melbourne coach Paul Roos in the commentary booth during the game, won by the Suns with a goal to Jack Bowes with seconds remaining.


Carlton's former triple premiership coach David Parkin, who commentated on the game for ABC radio, backed the view that decision-making and skill execution were "very ordinary".

"It got to the point in the last quarter where I thought we couldn't really lose it, but we still managed to lose it – that's quite sad because some of the decision-making was very ordinary and the execution that went with it was even worse," said Parkin, a strong supporter of Bolton, whom he advised on occasion over the past couple of years.

"They've got the best player in the competition I think in Cripps and no one's trying harder or working in his role as captain doing what he has to do – he does incredibly good things in the difficult moments all the time … so that's disappointing for him."

Jack Bowes of the Suns reacts after kicking the match-winning goal against the Blues on Sunday.

Jack Bowes of the Suns reacts after kicking the match-winning goal against the Blues on Sunday.Credit:AAP

Parkin said the team had lacked composure in key moments on Sunday, adding "composure comes with maturity" and that the Blues "terribly" missed Docherty in that regard.

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