Nick Riewoldt says Collingwood ought to have suffered “a 10-goal defeat” judging by Friday night time’s stats, however they only hold discovering a technique to win and now sit equal prime of the desk.
Towards Melbourne on the MCG, the reigning premiers received each statistic besides tackles and targets on the night time – ending +93 in disposals, +22 in contested possessions, +20 in clearances and +24 in inside 50s.
The Demons had 10 targets to half time and had been sitting fairly with a 17-point lead.
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However the “ridiculously environment friendly” Collingwood wouldn’t be denied a outstanding eleventh straight victory – the primary time they’ve achieved the feat in virtually 60 years.
“It’s loopy stuff,” Fox Footy’s Garry Lyon praised.
“This soccer membership, what they’re doing right here now is only one for the ages – I can’t keep in mind something prefer it.
“All the figures we might throw at you, they shouldn’t have been shut however they’ve come from behind once more … they usually’ve come up and received.
“You possibly can be forgiven for pondering … ‘we’d drop one in the end’. However nup. They refused.
“One of the best half should still be to return.
“They’re on a journey; it’s bought a film written about this – the scenes we’re about to witness.”
Remarkably, the Magpies had 21 scoring pictures from simply 41 inside 50s, and kicked an correct 15.6.
Nick Riewoldt was filled with reward for the best way Collingwood floor out the win.
“It’s unbelievable,” he stated.
“Inside 50, contested possession, clearances and all of the numbers you go on when you find yourself excited about a sign on who will win the sport – Collingwood ought to have misplaced by 10 targets!
“Their effectivity stored them in it.
“These final gasp wins are constructed on the idea that’s garnered from the weekend earlier than.
“The professionalism, they had been so disciplined in these final minutes, they only sucked the oxygen out of the sport.”
Fox Footy’s Jonathan Brown stated the eleventh win exhibits it’s “not luck now” whereas Nathan Buckley warned the Pies finest was nonetheless to return.
“The scary factor is there’s a lot upside with this crew. In the event that they get contested ball and clearance on a stage pegging, as they did within the second half, their transition stability in the intervening time is dominant in comparison with the remainder of the competitors,” he stated.
“We speak about one of the best sides’ backside six needing to be good – (Josh) Carmichael’s enjoying effectively, (Nathan) Murphy, (Ash) Johnson, (Beau) McCreery, (Jack) Ginnivan and (Trent) Bianco, who got here on because the sub – these gamers are all making contributions.”
Collingwood are actually one recreation away from Melbourne in second spot, and have matches to return towards Sydney and Carlton earlier than their finals cost.