Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has savaged Essendon supporters for booing Scott Pendlebury in the course of the Magpies’ gutsy Anzac Day win.
Pendlebury was booed as he accepted the medal for finest on floor, with Bombers followers nonetheless seething at a collection of umpiring choices that did not go their crew’s approach within the closing levels.
However Buckley got here to his skipper’s defence as he accepted the trophy for the win.
“Shame on anyone that booed a champion,” Buckley mentioned on the podium.
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It got here as Essendon completed like a runaway prepare however Collingwood held on for a tense four-point win in an Anzac Day traditional on the MCG.
The Magpies led all day, by as a lot as 33 factors within the second quarter, however needed to maintain on grimly within the face of a late surge by the Bombers to attain an exciting 10.13 (73) to 10.9 (69) win in entrance of 92,241 followers.
Gamers on each side ran themselves to the purpose of exhaustion within the enthralling encounter filled with large moments.
The Pies led by 9 factors heading into the ultimate time period, however Joe Daniher’s fourth purpose made it a three-point recreation with 5 minutes left.
Callum Brown had the prospect to seal the take care of a set shot proper in entrance however pushed his shot broad.
Essendon went lengthy with the ensuing kick-in however the play was damaged up within the midfield, leaving Collingwood to rejoice their fourth win of the season.
Pendlebury led the best way with 38 possessions, with Adam Treloar (30), Steele Sidebottom (24) and Dayne Beams (28) essential.
Dylan Shiel amassed 34 disposals in his first Anzac Day conflict, with Zach Merrett (30) and Dyson Heppell (28) influential.
The nail-biting end wasn’t on the playing cards early, with Essendon beginning slowly.
The Bombers, an attacking pressure to be reckoned with throughout a three-game profitable run going into the conflict, couldn’t discover a well beyond the Pies within the first time period.
Pendlebury and Sidebottom have been in all places as Nathan Buckley’s males denied Essendon house to run via the hall.
Collingwood’s 23-point lead blew out to 33 when Mason Cox bagged his second purpose of the second time period.
It was exhausting to see a approach again for Essendon however Heppell, who managed simply three touches within the opening quarter, was instrumental in a vital late surge.
Jake Stringer kicked his second and Daniher booted two majors, together with a team- lifting lengthy bomb after the siren, to slash the margin to 21 at halftime.
The Bombers leg velocity seemed to be getting on prime because the margin narrowed within the third, however with Devon Smith limping to the bench erly within the ultimate time period, the Bombers couldn’t get their noses in entrance.