North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says his side’s loss to Collingwood was “disgusting” and “appalling” after the Kangaroos blew a 39-point half-time lead to go down to the Magpies by 17 points.
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The Kangaroos were utterly dominant in the first half and should have lead by more heading into the half-time break, however Collingwood piled on nine unanswered goals in the third term to put the game out of North’s reach.
The loss saw Scott’s side drop to 13th on the ladder with a 4-5 record, and the Kangaroos coach questioned his side’s mental strength post-match.
“It’s as disgusting a performance as I’ve been involved with since I’ve been at North Melbourne,” Scott is quoted as saying by AAP.
“Just absolutely appalling and we’ve got to turn it around very quickly, because at the moment we’re capable of what we were capable of in the first half and really dominating the game and then, for whatever reason, whether it’s mental aptitude or mental strength.
“We use the right words like being tough and ruthless and relentless but it was anything but in the second half.”
Scott appeared to lay the blame squarely on his players, saying their skill errors had let them down.
“There’s two things you can’t coach on game-day,” Scott said.
“You can’t coach skill errors – you can’t take it back and try that again – and you can’t control players getting beaten when we outnumber them at the contest and still get beaten.”
It doesn’t get any easier for North Melbourne who will face second-placed West Coast at Etihad Stadium in round 10.