Magpies’ confidence has taken a hit: coach

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley admits a run of six straight losses has dented the confidence of his young AFL team.

After making a flying 8-3 start to the season, the Magpies have hit a mid-season trough for the second successive year, including a demoralising defeat last weekend to Melbourne.

But they will still start as clear favourites against 16th-ranked Carlton on Saturday.

“We just need to get back to playing our best footy and this is the next opportunity,” Buckley said on Wednesday.

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