Ugly 'eye-gouging' incident compounds big Carlton loss

Carlton are facing the prospect of losing Jed Lamb to suspension after the young gun was reported in their loss to St Kilda on Friday night.

Lamb is likely to attract scrutiny from the Match Review Officer after grabbing at the face of Jade Gresham during the Etihad Stadium clash.

Lamb and Gresham were wrestling on the turf in the second quarter when Lamb put his fingers near Gresham’s eyes.

It’s unclear whether Lamb did make contact with Gresham’s eyes but a serious misconduct charge could see him referred directly to the tribunal.

Fans were far from impressed by what they saw.

Carlton’s woes were further compounded by a bizarre injury suffered to Matthew Kreuzer.

The big man was checked by medics after taking a hard knock in the first half and was said to be complaining of shortness of breath, although no specific injury was revealed.

St Kilda prolonged Carlton’s horror season, downing the Blues by 64 points in a Friday the 13th massacre.

Pressure is certain to mount on coach Brendon Bolton after the bottom-placed Blues blundered their way to a dismal 16.20 (116) to 7.10 (52) defeat.

The Blues have just one win this season and have saved two of their worst performances for the past fortnight in games against fellow bottom-four teams.

Bolton’s men were outscored eight goals to two after halftime, with repeat turnovers ensuring the ball rarely left St Kilda’s forward half.

Kreuzer’s absence forced the Blues to improvise with Charlie Curnow, Liam Jones and Harry McKay sharing ruck duties.

But there was no justifying the Blues’ basic skill errors, lack of focus and dreadful decision-making, exemplified by the fact they twice had players penalised for the rare mistake of overstepping while kicking the ball into play.

The Blues look dejected after losing the round 17 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Carlton Blues at Etihad Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Carlton trailed by just eight points at the end of a heated first term but spent the remainder of the game on the back foot as the relentless Saints peppered the goals.

Brilliant midfielder Patrick Cripps was typically prolific for the Blues, finishing with 35 disposals (23 contested), 10 clearances and a goal, while exciting young forward McKay (15 touches, seven marks) showed plenty of promise.

But as has been the case throughout their season, the Blues had far too many passengers and the final margin flattered them.

The AFL’s decision to hand the Blues four marquee Friday night timeslots has come under heavy criticism and Collingwood great Dane Swan didn’t miss the opportunity to stick the boot in.

“Carlton should play on Monday arvo’s when everyone is at work so no one has to watch em. Floating fixture for Friday night games please,” Swan posted on Twitter.

Jack Steven (33 disposals, two goals) led the way for the Saints, who lost defender Jimmy Webster to a quad injury for the final quarter.

with AAP