Richmond legend Trent Cotchin said if extra time had been on the cards for his side’s thriller against Fremantle on Friday night, “they would have backed our boys”.
The Tigers had two golden opportunities in the closing minutes to get the winning point, if not the winning goal.
After taking the full 30 seconds allotted to him, Noah Balta failed to heed the referee’s play call and kicked the shot past Docker Michael Frederick. The fourth player, Noah Cumberland, went back and forth from 50m.
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In the year Fox Footy’s Nick Riewoldt, who played in St Kilda’s grand final against Collingwood in 2010, laughed when asked about his stance on replays and draws.
“Five more minutes is better than coming back next week,” he said.
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Last month, Richmond beat Geelong (three points), Gold Coast (two points) and North Melbourne (four points), as well as drawing at Marvel Stadium and only beating second-last West Coast.
Fox Footy’s Gary Lyon has warned that it is now becoming a “pattern” for the Tigers.
Cotchin said he and his friends could have played if there had been an extra hour to decide the winner.
“I would support our children to continue the fight,” he said.
“It’s not appropriate to come in as a surprise.
“We will learn another lesson. That’s totally fine. This is why we play football.
Cotchin and Fremantle rival Andy Brayshaw both described the impressive 52-all draw as “strange” and “amazing”.
In a brief post-match interview with Matthew Richardson, Bryshaw used the word odd three times and said the Dockers were “probably unlucky” to come away with two points.
Jonathan Brown lamented Richmond’s inability to stand up and win again as the match went down to the wire.
“Richmond should be in the top four – at least knocking on the door,” he said.
“Since Round 6, five games have been decided by a goal or less. They have lost four and drawn one.
“They have only themselves to blame.
“It was all on Fremantle in the first half of the game.
It should have been four or five goals at half time.
Jack Rielt has promised the club will rotate young Cumberland, after he was clearly injured after the siren, saying: “Foot can be a real double sometimes.”
“It won’t be revealed until tonight,” he told ABC radio.
“It’s the leaders’ role to turn it around and make sure the sun rises tomorrow.”