Essendon coach says some of the deficiencies against Richmond are 'quick fixes'

Essendon's Shaun McKernan was one of the few positives from the club's 87-point loss to Richmond.
Essendon's Shaun McKernan was one of the few positives from the club's 87-point loss to Richmond.

Essendon coach John Worsfold says a number of aspects from the club’s 87-point hiding against Richmond are ‘quick fixes’.

The Bombers kicked just five goals, albeit without a number of star players, including Michael Hurley and Orazio Fantasia.

“There was a lot of areas we saw where we’ve been trying to implement some new things and I saw some confusion among the players and probably over-correcting some of the bits of play we want to do,” Worsfold said.

“The good part about that is that’s a fairly easy thing to address with them.”

I saw some confusion among the players and probably over-correcting.

John Worsfold

The Bombers, who made finals last year but were thumped by Sydney in the first week, have adopted a different game plan.

“It’s not going to be perfect straight up and trialling that against a team that’s up and going, like a really top team, it certainly had its challenges,” Worsfold said.

“But … it gives me the opportunity to learn why things weren’t going the way we would have liked them to go.”

Worsfold says Richmond’s pressure was the other contributing factor in the heavy loss.

“They latched onto it and took it away without us coming in with that secondary pressure, so definitely there’s some good lessons,” he said.

The Bombers’ mentor was happy with star recruits Adam Saad and Devon Smith, but fellow high-profile newcomer Jake Stringer was eventually forced off after he was left with a split head following an Alex Rance challenge.

“He was OK initially, but then he felt pretty crook and vague, so they (medical staff) thought (they’d) get him out of the game,” Worsfold said.

The Bombers expect a handful of players to return against Geelong.