PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 29: Patrick Cripps of the Blues runs with the ball during the 2023 AFL Round 07 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Carlton Blues at Optus Stadium on April 29, 2023 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Carlton head coach Michael Voss will hope that the Blues can break the bye hoodoo when they clash with Hawthorn on Sunday.

Voss was relieved they could enter their mid-season break with four points in their back pocket after a convincing victory over the Suns. The win was heavily sought after as the Blues headed into the matchup having not won a match since Round 7 against the Eagles.

Voss said the Blues couldn't afford to be complacent given the level the Hawks have brought in recent weeks, with the Blues coach satisfied with the energy his player have brought to training this week.

“Early signs have been really good and being able to have that break and come into the break with the four points. Smiles on faces, it makes a difference,” he said.

“We had that ability to regenerate the body and mind as a priority and now we have a clear focus, which is getting after the Hawks – they've got a style and a brand that can challenge teams.”

The under-pressure coach was happy with his team's "unselfish" type of football in their most recent encounter, which is an attribute he hopes the playing group will continue with in the home stretch.

Voss advised his squad to keep making the most of opportunities as they presented themselves and to be aggressive both with and without the ball. Their aggressiveness was something that Voss believes was a key factor in their comprehensive victory.

“I felt like our pressure and our contest stuff was fantastic – we got after them hard and it wasn't just about one particular quarter, it was sustained throughout the whole four quarters,” he said.

“What was a real point of difference for us last game was that we took a selfless approach in the way that we played, we all took our turn when it was our turn and the mids did that, the forwards did that and the backs were able to build that cohesiveness that we've been after.”

Carlton senior coach Michael Voss speaks to media ahead of the 2023 AFL preseason (Image: Carlton FC Twitter)

Despite Hawthorn also struggling on the results side, Voss has spoken with the playing group about the potential threats that they can expect on Sunday.

“[Hawthorn is] a very threatening and a very dangerous team – they've got a genuine mode that can really challenge you,” he said.

“It will put some real tension on our defense, so we have to be right up with that. I've spoken a lot about the pressure already and what we create around the ball but that has to be absolutely A-grade against this team.

“They transition the ball really well out of the back half so our defence will have to go beyond. If we want the looks we want, we will have to be on.”

Hawthorn will host Carlton at the MCG at 1:10pm (AEST) on Sunday.