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Monday, 13 May 2019

Bomber legend says club has become 'placid'


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Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd has revealed that former greats of the club are frustrated at the current situation of mediocrity that is surrounding the Bombers.

After being a much-heralded flag favourite in the off-season, the Bombers have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the entire AFL and suffered a disappointing five-point loss to the 18th placed Sydney Swans in Round 8.

Speaking on Footy Classified, Lloyd suggested that the outrage surrounding Essendon skipper Dyson Heppell’s post-match smile with David Myers was a result of the continued mediocrity of the last 15 years.

“I think it’s become a placid football club who’s happy that they won three in a row, got close to Collingwood and then has been so poor in the last two weeks,” he said.

Dyson Heppell

“I think it’s just more the frustration at that. They do lack that ruthless edge and some maybe take what Dyson did there as part of that.

“I know a lot of past Essendon players are very disappointed with that. Not at Dyson, but where the club has got to.”

However, despite his disappointment at the current situation of his former club, Lloyd admitted that the Bombers had bigger issues than Heppell’s post-game gesture.

“The bigger issues are their entries inside forward 50,” he said.

Essendon Bombers

“Why do all Essendon’s players get hunted? Dylan Shiel was hunted in the first half, Merrett hunted in the second half, Saad can’t run, McKenna can’t run. But Essendon aren’t doing that to the opposition teams.”

Former Carlton skipper Chris Judd also agreed that the focus shouldn’t be on the Essendon skipper consoling his teammate after a tough result.

“I don’t take any grievance in what Dyson Heppell did after the game,” he told Footy Classified.

“He had a huge last quarter. I’d much prefer people focus on the players that didn’t stand up when the game was on the line than someone that might’ve smiled but was clearly still disappointed with the loss.”

Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd has revealed that former greats of the club are frustrated at the current situation of mediocrity that is surrounding the Bombers.

After being a much-heralded flag favourite in the off-season, the Bombers have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the entire AFL and suffered a disappointing five-point loss to the 18th placed Sydney Swans in Round 8.

Speaking on Footy Classified, Lloyd suggested that the outrage surrounding Essendon skipper Dyson Heppell’s post-match smile with David Myers was a result of the continued mediocrity of the last 15 years.

“I think it’s become a placid football club who’s happy that they won three in a row, got close to Collingwood and then has been so poor in the last two weeks,” he said.

Dyson Heppell

“I think it’s just more the frustration at that. They do lack that ruthless edge and some maybe take what Dyson did there as part of that.

“I know a lot of past Essendon players are very disappointed with that. Not at Dyson, but where the club has got to.”

However, despite his disappointment at the current situation of his former club, Lloyd admitted that the Bombers had bigger issues than Heppell’s post-game gesture.

“The bigger issues are their entries inside forward 50,” he said.

Essendon Bombers

“Why do all Essendon’s players get hunted? Dylan Shiel was hunted in the first half, Merrett hunted in the second half, Saad can’t run, McKenna can’t run. But Essendon aren’t doing that to the opposition teams.”

Former Carlton skipper Chris Judd also agreed that the focus shouldn’t be on the Essendon skipper consoling his teammate after a tough result.

“I don’t take any grievance in what Dyson Heppell did after the game,” he told Footy Classified.

“He had a huge last quarter. I’d much prefer people focus on the players that didn’t stand up when the game was on the line than someone that might’ve smiled but was clearly still disappointed with the loss.”

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