Buckley: We didn't do basics well
Collingwood have plenty of work to do before the AFL season starts, coach Nathan Buckley admitted after their defeat to Greater Western Sydney.
The Magpies were disappointing in Canberra, putting in a competitive effort before half-time but then falling away badly to go down by 60 points.
Their third quarter was a low point as they failed to score a point and conceded six goals, two of them to Dylan Shiel.
Buckley's side eventually lost 14.12 (96) to 5.6 (36) in their opening JLT Community Series clash.
"We didn't do the basics well and our disposal was poor, and we got smacked in the clearances after quarter-time," said the coach.
We didn't do the basics well and our disposal was poor, and we got smacked in the clearances after quarter-time.Nathan Buckley
Scoring was an issue for the Magpies, but Buckley saw some positives in the form of key forwards Mason Cox and Ben Reid who booted one goal each.
The pair shared 21 possessions and eight marks,and Buckley said: "'Coxy' looked dangerous and probably could have taken a few more grabs, and 'Reidy' worked hard, so we think those two can really set us up in regards to having a structure around them."
The coach said some of the things he tried against the Giants didn't come off and he will be keen to learn lessons when the club review the game.
James Aish missed the game after suffering a mild calf strain at the club on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old should be fit for the second pre-season game against Western Bulldogs on 10th March, though.
The Magpies have Jamie Elliott (ankle) and Alex Fasolo (shoulder) hopeful of lining up against the Bulldogs, but Levi Greenwood (knee) and Daniel Wells (Achilles) are unlikely starters.
Buckley rested midfielder Adam Treloar from the GWS clash to recover from a heavy knock suffered in an intraclub match.
Collingwood are 9/2 to win the Grand Final.
The Magpies are 23/20 to win their first game of the season against Hawthorn, who are 3/4.
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