Collingwood may have breathed new life into their AFL season following back-to-back wins, but ruckman Brodie Grundy admits the Magpies have been fortunate.
Nathan Buckley’s side are viewing the second half of the campaign as a chance to redeem themselves following a woeful start to the year, and it’s so far, so good.
Both Fremantle and Carlton have been put to the sword in the past fortnight but a sterner test awaits the Magpies on Saturday when they take on GWS Giants at Spotless Stadium.
Grundy conceded the Pies didn’t impress many last Saturday night against the Blues – their winning score of 8.9(57)-6.9(45) was the lowest of any side this season – but they graciously accepted the four points.
“We didn’t play our best footy but all things aren’t fair in this world,” he told AAP.
“We got out with the win and pretty lucky to come away with it.”
Grundy said increased individual efforts is what’s required if Collingwood are to have any chance of beating the high-flying Giants.
“It was not enough guys (just) doing what they should. Being where they should be,” he said.
“Not enough players ticking the box.
“We’ve just got to focus a bit more each on playing our role.”
He exempted several defenders from his criticism, including Ben Sinclair, Ben Reid and Nathan Brown.
Like Buckley, Grundy hailed the Magpies defenders as the biggest contributors in recent weeks.
“After the bye we spoke about wiping the slate clean, seeing what we can make of it,” he said.
“There’s no point trying to dwell on (the first half of the season).
“We have a tough draw coming up and we’ll take it week by week.”