Carlton coach David Teague has lamented his side’s ball use in the aftermath of their heartbreaking three-point loss to Port Adelaide on Sunday.
After Carlton withstood a barrage of pressure in the final moments and looked destined to record a famous victory against the ladder-leaders, Port Adelaide forward Robbie Gray kicked the match-winning goal after the siren from a tight angle to steal victory.
A visibility disappointed Teague said while he was proud of his side’s effort throughout the match, there were a number of aspects of their game which didn’t click when it mattered most.
“I was super proud of that (performance overall) - our effort, intent and the way we went about it was really good,” Teague told reporters post-match.
“I thought we were off in a few areas, that was the disappointing thing and to get so close. I thought our ball use was a little bit off and even our defence, we probably sat back too much.
“To the guys’ credit, their effort and the way they competed kept us in the game.”
Carlton will be looking to put disappointment behind them when they take on North Melbourne next Saturday afternoon at the Gabba.