Essendon coach John Worsfold isn’t planning to swing the axe after their dismal loss to AFL cellar-dwellers Brisbane.
After leading Sunday’s clash at Etihad Stadium by 27 points early in the last term, the Bombers were found wanting again in a tight finish, going down by eight points.
It was another frustrating capitulation a week after losing to Sydney by a point after surrendering a three-goal lead in the dying minutes.
Essendon have lost four of their past five games to remain two wins outside of the top eight but Worsfold is backing change from within ahead of Saturday’s clash with Collingwood.
“I’m not expecting to make too many,” Worsfold said on Wednesday.
“I’m a coach who definitely expects the players to drive what they expect from each other.
“We’re very clear on the way we want to play footy and we’re very clear that we didn’t play that way on the weekend.”
The shock loss to the last-placed Lions prompted Bombers chief executive Xavier Campbell to vent his frustration on Twitter in a post retweeted by the club’s official feed.
“Not good enough. Not even close. Fans deserve so much better. 41,000 came out today and we let you down,” Campbell wrote.
Campbell has since apologised to the players but Worsfold said he had no problem with the reaction.
“When I saw it I said ‘that pretty much sums up how we all feel’,” Worsfold said.
“We felt like we let our fans down but we let ourselves down as well.”
Worsfold said there were obvious similarities between the 11th-placed Bombers and 15th-placed Magpies ahead of Saturday’s game.
“They’re playing pretty good footy without getting wins on the board,” he said.
“We’re not assessing them as a team that’s a lot lower than us on the ladder and therefore not performing well.”
The Bombers will likely turn to Michael Hurley or Michael Hartley to stand the 211cm-Mason Cox, who booted three goals during the Pies’ loss to Hawthorn on Sunday.