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AFL 2020 as it happened: Essendon trounce the Pies with pressure, good kicking

The Essendon coach had no further information on the seriousness of Jake Stringer’s ankle injury, but said:

“[We are excited about] how we set up at our stoppages, how we started to see us move the ball more like the way we have been planning to move it. We were a bit stagnant last week.

“We didn’t try to change too much and panic when we got down early.

“I love every win. Don’t rate them, maybe sometimes you do. We were playing a very good team tonight, we know that and to get a win against them is full credit to the way everyone focused on the week.”

John Worsfold will handover the reins as Essendon coach at the end of this season.

John Worsfold will handover the reins as Essendon coach at the end of this season.Credit:Getty Images

“We didn’t play like we did in the first 10 minutes for the whole game,” Buckley said.

“We got smacked at clearance … we got out-worked inside and Phillips battled well against Brodie and at ground level we weren’t able to win those 50-50 contests and the general momentum of play was inevitably going Essendon’s way.

“The last few months we have scored in chunks and haven’t scored for large parts of the game but that is nearly consistent with what we see across the comp. Cold comfort thought.

“The opposition brought more energy than we did … they out-tackled us, out-worked us inside and that generally gave their backs a little more time.”

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.Credit:Getty Images AsiaPac

From an AFL spokeswoman:

“The Score Reviewer was satisfied that if the ball did not hit the goal umpire, it would have hit the goal post.

“For reference, 16.1.3 (a) of the 2020 Laws of Australian Football states, “If the football touches an umpire or official, and in the opinion of the field umpire it has affected a score, play will be stopped and the umpires will determine if the score should be recorded”.

Dylan Shiel had 29 touches and kicked a goal, he was equal best on ground with Jake Stringer’s three goal effort I reckon.

Essendon’s defence, led by Hurley and Hooker was great, as was Jordan Ridley.

Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti was also brilliant.

Not many winners for the Pies on the night. Stephenson kicked three, Daicos was clean and Treloar had 30 in his first game back.

Fallout from the press conferences to come.

Shiel was superb tonight.

Shiel was superb tonight. Credit:Getty Images

Essendon have trounced the Pies in an upset.

COLL 7.6.48 to ESS 10.3.63

An admittedly poor, poor night from Collingwood but Essendon’s pressure was absolutely fantastic tonight and they made Collingwood look bereft of skill and poise repeatedly.

Super way for the Bombers to kickstart their year pre-hub.

Shaun McKernan celebrates a goal.

Shaun McKernan celebrates a goal. Credit:Getty Images

There’s just over two minutes to go and Essendon kick another through Dylan Shiel. They should win, and they deserve to do so.

As that all unfolded Essendon’s danger man, and one of their best tonight, Jake Stringer came from the field limping and went straight down the race. Looked like an ankle injury picked up in a marking contest.

Pies came to play way, way too late here tonight.

Jacob Townsend wins holding the ball on Darcy Moore and kicks the goal.

A really bad handball from Jack Crisp put Moore under pressure. Essendon hanging on!

Somehow the Pies are now only three points behind, as Brody Mihocek kicks his first in what has been a very quiet game for the forward.

Essendon looking like blowing this.

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