Buckley’s call to omit defender Jarrod Roughead for the first-gamer left Collingwood’s backline vulnerable and allowed Fremantle forward Matt Taberner to get off the leash.
Taberner kicked four of Fremantle’s the 10 goals in the 12-point win.
Game, set and match!! Fremantle with one of the biggest upsets of 2020.
— Fox Footy (@FOXFOOTY) August 2, 2020
Ex-Bomers star Matthew Lloyd was “staggered” with the decision to drop Roughead and said Taberner would not have been able to kick four goals on the veteran.
“Four goals in a tight game, that really hurt them. I was really surprised (by the decision to play Keane). I think it was a poor decision by Nathan Buckley,” Lloyd told AFL Media’s Access All Areas.
“This one staggered me. Poor Darcy Moore, he was trying to play on two players yesterday (Sunday).”
Keane played 80 minutes of game time, recording seven disposals, one mark and two tackles.
Collingwood dropped to tenth on the ladder after the loss.
Who would Matt Tabener preferred to play on this weekend? An Irish first gamer in Mark Keane, or a 200cm premiership player in Jordan Roughead? Collingwood have lost this at match committee. #AFLFreoPies
— Philed Inn (@innphil00) August 2, 2020
Huge selection error by collingwood once again omitting roughed when right now would have been 100% better then mark Keane
— Josephinemuscatt (@phinamuscatt) August 2, 2020
If Keane and Madgen are ahead of Roughead, Shazza, Dunn, Reid as defensive options our selectors need to be dropped.
— Jeff (@jrmagpie) August 3, 2020