Collingwood midfielder Steele Sidebottom has slammed his teammates, questioning how much playing footy means to some of the group after the Pies’ heavy loss to Melbourne on Monday.
The Demons recorded their first Queen’s Birthday win over Collingwood since 2007, with a 46-point demolition, and Sidebottom told ABC Grandstand post-match that “something has to be done”.
“We talked a lot about effort, at the moment we’re only turning up for one in three (matches),” Sidebottom said.
“The message was that we really need to have a good hard think and get together as a group and work out what we want to make of the second half of the year, because what we’re dishing up at the moment is not acceptable.
“Some of the efforts that we’re dishing up out there probably shows that it doesn’t mean enough for our guys.
“Something has to be done, because right now we’re sitting 4-8 at the halfway mark, it’s not good.”
Sidebottom also said he felt for coach Nathan Buckley, putting the onions squarely on the playing group, rather than the under siege coach.
“Personally I feel for Bucks because it’s unfair on him,” he said.
“He’s up in the coaches box and we come out some weeks and play really good footy and then we come out and dish performances up where we lose by 10 goals.”