Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd has raised concerns surrounding the Bombers recent form slump after they snuck home to beat the bottom-placed Eagles by just one point on Saturday.
The Bombers, who sit outside the top eight, have won just one match from their last four outings, with Lloyd unsettled with their ability against a struggling West Coast.
“They’ve fallen in an absolute heap,” Lloyd said on Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.
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“They get the win, but they are not playing good football at all.”
Port Adelaide legend Kane Cornes agreed with Lloyd, fearful that the Essendon from the beginning of the year are not living up to their promised standards.
“They couldn’t defend the ball movement, so you allow West Coast to take, I think it was 111 marks,” Cornes said on Sunday.
“They just didn’t bring the pressure. Their forwards didn’t want to defend, neither did their midfielders.”
Cornes slammed the Bombers pre-season promises, as their form slump sees them continue to slide out of finals contention.
“For a team who spoke throughout the pre-season that they wanted to be the hardest running team in the league, they allowed West Coast to waltz out of their forward line yesterday,” Cornes said.
Sunday Footy Show host Tony Jones also added that the Bombers are providing “no consistency” in their game plan.
It comes as Essendon were accused of tackling the West Coast match as a percentage-boosting victory.
Essendon coach Brad Scott was quick to defend his side and shut down the claims after the win.
“We are no where near that stage, going into a game thinking, ‘Oh well, the four points are banked and it’s all about percentage’,” Scott said post match on Saturday.
“In a perverse way, I’m not that disappointed that our players got that lesson.
“Because if it did seep into their subconscious somewhere, they better get it out pretty quick.”
The Bombers now face the 17th-placed Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium on Saturday, in a must-win match to keep their finals hopes alive.
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