MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: John Worsfold, Senior Coach of the Bombers speaks to the media before an Essendon Bombers AFL training session at The Hangar on August 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Essendon coach John Worsfold has defender his demeanour during Saturday’s loss to the Bulldogs, labelling comments and criticism over his body language on the bench during the match as a “cheap shot”.

It comes after Worsfold was questioned by Kane Cornes and Tim Watson over his demeanour from the sidelines during the 104-point loss, which Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd claimed was one of the worst losses in their history.

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But Worsfold thought the criticism was clutching at straws.

“People can target me on that, but that’s pretty shallow,” Worsfold told reporters on Wednesday.

“Has anyone looked back at the whole 110 minutes of what I’m doing? I was in constant communication with the coaches’ box, constantly supporting the players, challenging them and talking through it.

“There were parts of the game – I can’t talk nonstop – where I sat quietly and they’ve been highlighted. It’s a cheap shot, but that’s fine.”

Cornes was scathing of the Bombers and Worsfold following the loss, stating that Worsfold “wasn’t coaching” and calling Essendon’s performance against the Dogs as “embarrassing.”

The Bombers travel to Western Australia to take on Fremantle on Saturday night, in what is sure to be a must-win clash if they are to make the finals this season.