The heat is back on Carlton and coach Mick Malthouse after his record-breaking AFL match unravelled.
Carlton were awful on Friday night at the MCG, capitulating to Collingwood by 75 points.
There has been enormous goodwill for Malthouse, who coached his 715th AFL match and broke the record that Magpies legend Jock McHale had held for 66 years.
But after the game Malthouse was taking responsibility for a performance he called the worst of his 51 games as Blues coach.
“I can’t put it any plainer – I will accept responsibility, there is no question about that,” he said.
“There is no duck-shoving here.
“The simple fact is we did not show a yelp … it’s the lack of work ethic.
“It’s the lack of effort and that is absolutely non-negotiable.”
The Anzac Day win over St Kilda last weekend and the attention on Malthouse’s record meant a good week for Carlton after they started the season with three straight losses.
All that goodwill was blown away on Friday night.
“We have to make sure we don’t embarrass each other ever again in front of our Carlton supporters, to understand that these things are totally unacceptable,” Malthouse said.
“We cannot accept playing like that and think that we can just erase it from our mind and move onto next week.
“We have to address the facts that we did not show a yelp.”
A week after starring for the Blues with five goals, Lachie Henderson did not manage a possession before having to leave the game with a hamstring injury.
It was typical of how the night went for the Blues.
“It was a new injury – he didn’t go in with a sore hamstring,” Malthouse said.
“I said to Lachie ‘there are the stats, you’ve got one free kick against’ and he couldn’t explain it.”
While Collingwood ruined Malthouse’s party, the Magpies did their utmost to show him respect for his record.
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire gave a moving pre-game speech and shook hands with Malthouse, four years after the coach’s time with the Magpies ended badly.
The two teams also gave Malthouse a guard of honour at the end of the game.
While Malthouse did not shake hands with Magpies coach Nathan Buckley, he said there was nothing untoward.
“I felt like going right through to do the whole team but under the circumstances … and I hope you did notice that from a distance I did yell out (to Buckley) `well done, fantastic effort’,” Malthouse said.