Essendon midfielder Dylan Shiel has responded to criticism after his eight turnovers during the ANZAC Day clash with Collingwood, the most of any player on the ground.
He conceded that he hadn’t been kicking in “an effective manner” he told RSN.
“It’s probably more of a mental thing, just taking a little bit more care, acknowledging the pressure in the game and trying to be a little bit more calm with the disposal,” Shiel said.
It comes following his 45.5 per cent kicking efficiency, the fourth time he had posted a number under 50 per cent. He also recorded a team-high in disposals in the losing effort.
“It’s not a matter of I think I need to be in the hang of doing 1000 kicks this week. I don’t think that’s going to be beneficial to the game this weekend,” he said.
Shiel and the Bombers will face Geelong on Sunday at the MCG as the Cats look to defend their position atop the ladder.