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King outlines the “confusion” and “huge problems” in one aspect of Collingwood’s game


David King says there’s “confusion” in Collingwood’s defence right now, labelling the way their back six currently sets up as “mind-numbing”.

The way Collingwood defended was in the spotlight all week after their Round 8 loss to Richmond, with King questioning how tight they guard opponents after their 48-point loss to Western Bulldogs on Friday night.

King said the Pies had “huge problems” to fix in defence, wondering why the club opted to leave so much space between their defenders and respective forward opponents.

“There is a lot of confusion at Collingwood,” he said on SEN’s Crunch Time.

“We probably expected this in the first month of the season and it’s probably taking a little while to come, I don’t know whether they’re getting adventurous or trying new things but what they’re doing in that back 50 is just mind-numbing.

“You scratch your head at times – that game was separated in the first 20 minutes. Darcy Moore versus Aaron Naughton, consistently he got 10 metres (on Moore) and marked the ball. At that stage of the game, he dominated.

“The Dogs have ended up taking 14 marks inside 50, that isn’t the Dogs. Collingwood has huge problems down back.”

Cameron Mooney also questioned Moore's positioning in commentary for AFL Nation on Friday night, labelling the star backman “disappointing” early on.

Collingwood will be looking to bounce back when they take on the high-flying Fremantle at Optus Stadium next weekend.

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