The Blues walk off the ground after losing to the Dockers in Round 13.
The Blues walk off the ground after losing to the Dockers in Round 13.

‘I was glad they booed them’: Former great irked by performance

CARLTON great Mark Maclure says that Carlton's lack of effort against Fremantle was damming despite missing multiple of their best 22 players.

The Blues' embarrassing first half against Fremantle on Saturday resulted in them going goalless and being booed off the ground by supporters at half time.

The 243-gamer believes that the young players didn't take their opportunity despite it being a potential job interview.

"The way they played, if you watch Kade Simpson play, nobody runs harder than him in the Blues side," Maclure said on AFL 360.

"He's 33. That annoys me. You've got kids there real quick, who are strong and who are smart and they don't run as hard as Kade Simpson, why?

"There's 13 injuries, people who are getting gifted games because of 13 injuries and they don't take the opportunity. That's what really irks me."

Maclure believes there is ample opportunity for players to put their hand up and perform in the Blues' rebuilding years.

"There's a chance for you to secure a contract with a football club and play games of football that hundreds of thousands of kids would want to be at," Maclure said.

"And you put up that. You don't chase, you don't tackle. You don't work hard."

Kade Simpson was one of the few Blues players who impressed in their big loss to Fremantle.
Kade Simpson was one of the few Blues players who impressed in their big loss to Fremantle.

Maclure, a Carlton's three-time premiership player was pleased at the fact Carlton supporters were willing to give it out to the players after their goalless first half.

"I was glad they booed them off at half time. Actually happy to see it, they need to wear the criticism. They need to understand what it means to people, they pay their dollars to go and watch their side. And I tell you that's a powerful message from the crowd." Maclure said.

Maclure didn't buy into the suggestion that all the pressure deserved to be on coach Brendon Bolton, believing that culture is run by the players itself.

" I can tell you, the days when we played the coach has a bit to do with it, but the players run the actual culture," he said.

"If you want to be good at this, you want to be a part of us. You get better at this, this and this. (If you) don't - we don't want you."

North Melbourne dual premiership player David King says that players should be focusing moment by moment, rather than the Blues' rebuild.

"Players aren't talking about rebuilds," King explained.

"The players should be talking about the first five minutes. And then the next five minutes and the 10 after that, and the 10 after that and let's get to quarter time and start again.

"Kade Simpson was awesome in that third quarter, and I hope the Carlton football club showed that third quarter and said - have a look at this guy."

King also says that he "feels for the Carlton people" due to the Blues' poor results over the last decade "cruelling" supporters.