Carlton is taking one positive out of Sunday night’s thrashing by Essendon: a short break to put things right.
The Blues were outclassed across the ground and were never in the game against Essendon after a six goals to none first quarter.
They lost every quarter to finish 81-point losers, and have awoken on Monday to stinging criticism from pundits and fans alike.
Carlton deputy vice captain Michael Jamison said he couldn’t remember being part of a worse loss.
“It’s certainly the worst loss I’ve been involved in,” he said.
“It’s worse when you think about the supporters and everyone who works at the club who you’ve let down.”
“It was clear that Essendon just out-worked us in every part of the ground … in the end it just came down to work-rate and effort.”
Jamison took the blame off the shoulders of coach Mick Malthouse, saying the problem didn’t lie with the game plan.
“The problem is with the execution,” he said.
“We’ve got full trust in the game plan, we’re just not carrying it out for long enough.”
The Carlton leadership group led a players meeting after the 13-goal belting, with Jamison revealing the meeting told some home truths to try and build confidences into the future.
“It’s a honest conversation with all the players,” he said.
“If you can’t give feedback to each other in an honest way, there’s no way you can do it on the ground.”
The Blues face Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, with at least one side guaranteed to end their winless start to the year.
The 114-game player said that would give the Blues the chance to right Sunday night’s wrongs but foreshadowed changes to the team.
“We can turn this round in the shortest possible time,” Jamison said.
“After a loss like that you can only assume they’ll be a few changes.”