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Blues not getting carried away

Sportal August 20, 2012, 5:37 pm
Andrew Carrazzo

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Carlton midfielder Andrew Carrazzo insists the Blues will not treat Saturday night's clash against Gold Coast as a chance to boost their percentage.

The resurgent Blues, ninth on the ladder and one game behind eighth-placed Fremantle, must win their last two games of the season and have other results go their way to secure a finals berth.

Carlton will travel to Metricon Stadium to face the Suns before taking on St Kilda at Etihad Stadium in Round 23, knowing an inferior percentage could cost them a place in the top eight.

The Blues thumped Essendon by 96 points at the MCG on the weekend, but Carrazzo refused to entertain the idea of chasing another blowout against the lowly Gold Coast.

"We'll just focus on winning the game and if we're playing well the margin will look after itself," Carrazzo said on Monday.

"If we look too far down the track, we lose our focus on this week. It's going to be a challenging game and then St Kilda the week after."

Carlton won just two matches between Rounds 7 and 16 but have since returned to form with four wins in their past five games and a dominant display against the Bombers.

"We played fantastically well," Carrazzo said.

"Sometimes you have really good days when everything clicks, guys play well and you stick to the task.

"Probably that bad patch we had during the middle of the season we were uncompetitive and weren't physical enough.

"There's been a bit of an adjustment in that area. On the weekend getting all those things right enabled us to cash in at the end and get some reward on the scoreboard."

Carrazzo said Blues coach Brett Ratten, who has been subject to ongoing speculation surrounding his future at the helm, has the full support of the players.

"There's never been any question from our behalf whether we want to play for Ratts," Carrazzo said.

"He's doing a brilliant job at the moment and the results are starting to go our way in a reflection of how he's been coaching and how we've been playing.

"Ratts hasn't changed one iota from the way he was at the start of the year, to when we were struggling in the middle of the year, to now.

"His expectations on the group are really high and he's been doing a really good job."

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  1. Dave's 4303:24pm Tuesday 21st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    that may be the case underarm,, but they smashed your pies both times this year.... Daws and Cloak way out of form buddy. if the blues make the 8 which they still can,, look out , they will cause some damage.

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  2. underarm_bowler07:19pm Monday 20th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    their just making up the numbers in the eight....that is the bottom eight

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