Magpies told to make new AFL level a habit

Melissa Woods

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley feels his team has set a new standard for themselves which they need to maintain heading into their Anzac Day AFL blockbuster against Essendon.

The stage is set for an epic encounter at the MCG on Wednesday with both teams posting their best wins of the season last round.

Buckley says he liked a lot of what he saw in the Magpies' 48-point win over Adelaide and wants to make such a performance a habit.

"We think it was a reinforcement of some things that had been growing and had been improving gradually," Buckley said on Monday.

"It's a matter of making it a habit - if it's a new level, then yes we like to set the bar high."

Collingwood will have had almost two weeks between games and must then back up just four days later on Sunday against champions Richmond.

He said the long break had given them a chance to recover well, although he ruled out the return of key position player Darcy Moore for the Bombers encounter, despite him training strongly on Monday.

Moore may be up for selection for the Richmond match, along with vice-captain Taylor Adams with the pair both on the comeback after hamstring injuries.

Buckley said they wouldn't alter their selection strategy or game plan to keep anything in the tank for the Tigers.

"We won't; we're fully focused on Wednesday," he said.

The Bombers are also high on confidence after a strong performance last weekend in round four, when they handed Port Adelaide their first loss of the season.

Buckley said he was well aware of the speed of Essendon's attack.

"They have shown themselves to be a really dangerous side," he said.

"They're hard at the ball and put a lot of pressure on so those are elements we need to surpass if we want to get the game on our terms."