BRIGHT MOMENT: Jamie Elliott (right) is congratulated by Magpies team-mate Adam Treloar after kicking a goal during their clash with the Essendon Bombers.
BRIGHT MOMENT: Jamie Elliott (right) is congratulated by Magpies team-mate Adam Treloar after kicking a goal during their clash with the Essendon Bombers. JOE CASTRO

Magpies midfielder his own harsh critic in defeat

COLLINGWOOD midfielder Adam Treloar has delivered a blunt assessment of his own performance on Saturday and refused to concede Nathan Buckley's tenure is finished.

The Magpies were soundly defeated by 37 points at the MCG, burying any slim chances of finals and placing their embattled coach under more duress.

But Treloar, who collected 21 disposals in the loss, said the blame should rest with the players, rather than Buckley and his coaching brigade.

"I am as much of a culprit as any of us,” Treloar said.

"I was horrendous. I was non-existent out there.

"When we win it's almost always about the players, but when we lose it's always about Bucks. At the end of the day it's us. We are the ones who are performing. Him and the coaching panel all put is in great positions to go out there and win.”

The 24-year-old poured cold water on suggestions that he is struggling with a knee complaint.

"There was no reason why I shouldn't have been playing,” he said.

"I just played absolutely horrendously. It had nothing to do with my body. Throughout the week there are little niggles here and there but everyone plays with injury so you just need to keep managing them.”

And while Collingwood's playing group is under pressure, it pales into insignificance compared to Buckley's tenuous position as senior coach.

Post-game, the Magpie great and former captain admitted that the team had "lost a bit of hope”, a sentiment Treloar refuted.

"I wouldn't agree with that,” the ex-Giant said.

"Based off yesterday's performance you'd almost say that because we were poor. But as an entirety I don't think that. There are so many things we want to achieve going forward this season. We focus a week at a time.

"You know what? The sky is the limit for us. I say it every week but I know if we play really good footy and play the way we want to play, we can match it with any team. That's just what we have to do. We have to find ways to do that.”

Treloar also backed Buckley to coach on beyond 2017, however unlikely that appears.

"I absolutely adore him and love him as my coach,” he said.

"I'm hoping he's here for a long time with me and the team.”


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