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Michael Voss press conference after Carlton Blues loss to Melbourne Demons, fixture, finals chances

Carlton will be preparing for a grueling “final” against rivals Collingwood next week, coach Michael Voss said.

Voss was trying to take positives from Saturday night’s loss to the Demons, stealing a five-point victory on a layup by Kesayah Pickett with 11 seconds left in the game.

Shattered Blues players fell to the floor at the final siren as Melbourne denied Carlton the chance to make the finals for the first time since the 2013 season.

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Asked where the mistake happened, Vos told reporters: “A few details didn’t go right in the last two minutes, so I guess it’s easier to focus on those two minutes.”

Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd, who was at the MCG on Saturday night, saw a distraught Voss walk to the Blues’ rooms after the final siren, before turning around, comforting his players and walking off the field with them.

“This is as bad as a home-and-away loss gets … I lost a prelim by one point but this is as close as you’ll get to a home-and-away loss,” Lloyd told Channel 9. Sunday foot show.

The Blues’ Patrick Cripps and Michael Voss left after the defeat. Picture: Mark StewartSource: News Corp Australia

“Vosi, standing on the bench with the players and coaches – he started charging alone, loosened up, hands in his pockets. He was going to go straight down to the rooms.

“As soon as it got close, I think he woke up and thought, ‘I can’t leave my players there.’ He went back, walked 60m back, tapped each player on the boom, and he and ‘Crippa’ (Patrick Cripps) went down arm-in-arm.

“So I guess he thought to himself, ‘I’ve got to be here with my players and we’ll have a week to save and turn this around.'”

The ninth-placed Western Bulldogs, who are behind Carlton, will go into Sunday’s do-or-die clash with Hawthorn as favourites, with the Blues needing to beat old foes Collingwood to easily clinch a finals berth.

Carlton, who will be vying for September participation for the first time since 2013, take on the next Miracle Magpies in a thrilling Round 11 affair.

“It’s really exciting for us,” Voss said.

Patrick Cripps of the Blues and Michael Voss. Picture: Mark StewartSource: News Corp Australia

“I’ve talked about the opportunity there and it’s exposure because we play in games like this. It can only be a good thing for us and how we grow and develop as a football team from here.

“It’s really exciting for us. I was just talking about the opportunity during the week and our exposure. We’re playing games like this, it can only be a good thing for us.

Voss said the Warriors would relish the chance to take on in-form Collingwood in front of an MCG crowd of more than 80,000.

“It’s effectively the ultimate elimination process,” Voss said. “We know what the week holds.

“We’ll get back to work and come here next Sunday where it’s going to be a really big game. I’m sure it’s going to build.

“The energy we brought today was a real joy to be able to play games like this. I hope we can bring the same energy.”

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The Blues may be able to get back Adam Serra, who was sidelined late on with a groin strain, but Voss said his side do not have the luxury of bringing midfielders George Hewett and Matthew Kennedy into the line-up despite being highly regarded. The conflict.

“(Cerra) couldn’t go this morning,” Voss said.

“George (Hewett) is starting to go a little bit, but I think the prognosis for him will be more towards the final race if he starts training properly.”

– with NCA Newswire

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