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ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT? by The Oracle

That was miserable. Melbourne waved the white flag in the first quarter and, apart from a handfull of triers, the rabble that travelled to Sydney humiliated the oldest football club on the planet with a heartless, soulless effort. 

One has to wonder what most of them were doing out there because it didn't resemble the game being played by the opposition.

If they keep playing like that, the supporters will stop coming and they'll have to ask the doorkeeper the question from the title of this short article.

Short, because there really is nothing worthwhile to write about.

Melbourne 0.3.3 1.5.11 2.7.19 5.7.37

Sydney 7.1.43 11.4.70 16.9.105 21.12 138

Goals

Melbourne Jones 2 Bennell Green Sylvia

Sydney Jack Jetta Kennedy Parker 3 Dennis-Lane McGlynn Walsh 2 Mattner O'Keefe, Reid

Best

Melbourne Blease Watts Jones Garland Grimes Frawley

Sydney Jack O'Keefe Parker Jetta Kennedy Parker

Injuries 

Melbourne Jones (sore) Jurrah (leg)

Sydney Nil

Changes

Melbourne Nil

Sydney Nil

Reports

Melbourne Nil

Sydney Nil

Umpires  Nicholls, Hosking, Kamolins

Crowd 20,818 at SCG

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A year ago we drew with this team, and they didn't have their big outs (Goodes etc.) that they do today.

A year on we have gained Clark, a year of supposed development, a bunch of new "modern coaches", a highly regarded sports scientist, and a football mentor (Craig) yet we find ourselves completely out of the game at half time (if not quarter) and AGAIN completely insipid in pretty much every aspect.

What has happened in a year that has led to this?

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It's very easy for Neeld to constantly blame the unprofessional environment he inherited, but we are worse now than we've ever been.

At some point Neeld has to take responsibility for what he has implemented, which thus far is uncompetitive, gutless, pissweak garbage.

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It's very easy for Neeld to constantly blame the unprofessional environment he inherited, but we are worse now than we've ever been.

At some point Neeld has to take responsibility for what he has implemented, which thus far is uncompetitive, gutless, pissweak garbage.

Not for me. We could start with the massive fall-off in form from the "senior" players: Sylvia, Green, Davey, even Jamar and Moloney. As Paul Roos said in his commentary, you can have all the team meetings etc. you want, but the players are just NOT putting it together out on the field, under pressure.

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It is very bad play. Chipping the ball around in the back line, losing the ball and they kick a goal. This may be the lowest score a team had in a game of football.

Exactly and then someone here was defending out defenders. Its obvious our opponents know to just smash our appalling midfield, press it into the forward 50 and wait for the defenders to cough it up.

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I was out the back of the members at half-time having a kick of the footy with my boy - fortunately at 2 he had no idea what was happening. The Swans supporters are a mellow bunch and just kept coming up asking ``what happened''? This old bloke said to me he hadn't seen worse footy in his life (and he looked 100). I tell you what, it's hard to maintain the passion for the Dees from Sydney. I was excited about tonight. Everything was terrific except for the footy. Conditions were perfect and we were lamentable.

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How does a side that won 8&1/2 games last year and could have won two more, thought they had a bad season last year, turn up and serve rubbish like this year...... The media keep blaming the playing group, but I'. Not so sure

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