Disappointed Pies players
Disappointed Pies players

Coach Nathan Buckley denied the emotion from last weekend's thrilling away win over Sydney was responsible for Collingwood's five-goal loss to North Melbourne on Saturday night.

The Kangaroos comprehensively outplayed the Magpies at Etihad Stadium as Buckley's men crashed back to earth following their triumph against the Swans.

"North had a pretty good win last week and they've come off six days [break]," Buckley said.

"The emotional side of things clearly has an impact and plays a part but you take that out of it and clearly both teams were coming off good wins last week and wanted to perform tonight.

"One team did and one team didn't."

The poor form of Collingwood forwards Travis Cloke and Chris Dawes continued, with both failing to register a goal.

While Buckley conceded the duo were poor, he said it would be unfair to blame them for the loss.

"It's pretty clear that everyone wants to pin it on Dawes or Clokey. It's not two blokes, the whole side were poor tonight," Buckley said.

"Dawes and Trav were out-positioned a number of times and some of that was because of the poor use going in but I thought others were because [Scott] Thompson and [Luke] Delaney in particular were able to out-position their men.

"If you can't get first access to the ball, you're going to struggle in this game.

"The whole side was poor tonight. I don't reckon we had any winners in their positions.

"I struggle to go through our 22 tonight and find a winner, and you're not going to win many games if that's the case."

The Magpies have a tough draw to finish the home and away season, with West Coast in Perth followed by Essendon at the MCG.

There's a chance skipper Nick Maxwell could be miss those clashes after he was subbed out at three-quarter time after copping a blow to the hip flexor area.

Buckley was tight-lipped on the injury but admitted it was 'serious enough to not want to risk him through that last quarter'.


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