Carlton are looking at an eighth-straight season with out AFL finals as Blues supporters start to activate under-fire coach David Teague.
After bringing in big-money recruits Adam Saad and Zac Williams throughout the low season, the expectation was Carlton can be able to surge up the ladder.
However at 4-8, having gone 0-7 in opposition to top-eight groups this season, Teague concedes it should now be an “uphill battle” to qualify for finals.
The Blues sit three video games and important proportion behind eighth-placed Richmond and it could take a historic resurgence for them to play within the post-season for the primary time since 2013.
Groups have hardly ever completed contained in the top-eight from such dire positions, with the 1995 Brisbane Bears (4-11 to 10-12) and 2014 Richmond (3-10 to 12-10) exceptions.
None of Carlton’s defeats this season have been horrible with their heaviest loss to Port Adelaide by 28 factors, however the frustration is that they hold faltering in comparable vogue.
The Blues entered Sunday’s conflict with West Coast, which was moved from Marvel Stadium to the SCG attributable to Victoria’s COVID-19 outbreak, as favourites.
The Eagles have been decimated by accidents to stars like Josh Kennedy, Oscar Allen, Tim Kelly, Jeremy McGovern and Luke Shuey and their report away from Perth this yr has been poor.
However after conceding the primary three objectives of the match, Carlton by no means managed to seize momentum and have been left to rue one other missed alternative.
Coleman Medal chief Harry McKay being subbed out with concussion within the opening quarter was a blow, however that was removed from Carlton’s largest drawback.
The backlash to the loss on Carlton’s social media pages was brutal, with one supporter posting a photograph of his membership torn up.
After taking up as interim Blues coach in mid-2019 following the sacking of Brendon Bolton, Teague’s win-loss report is 17-23.
He was appointed as full-time coach in August 2019, using a wave of optimism from Blues followers on the again of a number of thrilling wins.
However that early enthusiasm has nicely and actually dissipated, with Carlton faithfuls questioning when they may once more be in rivalry so as to add to their 16 VFL/AFL premierships.
Since Carton smashed the Western Bulldogs by 52 factors in spherical six final yr to enter the top-eight for the primary time since 2013, the Blues have gained simply eight of 23 video games.