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Buckley feeling heat of Magpies' season
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the Magpies will go "back to what we know" ahead of their crunch AFL clash with winless North Melbourne.The heat on Buckley's coaching future went to new levels after Collingwood's defeat - their fifth straight - to Gold Coast last Saturday placed the off-field powerhouse in 17th on the ladder with a 1-6 record.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has played a straight bat to reported boardroom rumblings after his AFL side crashed to another defeat despite a promising start against Sydney.
The Magpies dominated Saturday's opening quarter at the SCG, grabbing an 18-point lead, before the Swans steadied to run out 30-point winners.
Buckley's team sit 16th on the ladder, with clashes to come against premiership contenders Port Adelaide, Geelong and Melbourne during the next four rounds.
The 2-7 start comes amid a backdrop of Jeff Browne's reported intent to claim the club presidency from Mark Korda, who was only recently installed as Eddie McGuire's successor.
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The Age claimed on Saturday that it was a matter of when not if regarding Browne, and that the timing of his move hinges on uncertainty over the under-pressure Buckley.
"It's so much not a distraction that I don't even know what you're talking about," Buckley said, when asked about the report on Saturday.
Buckley lamented the way his side lost control of the contest after quarter-time.
"We came here to win. We felt like we had the plan to do so and I think it probably showed early in the game that what we put in place was going to trouble Sydney," Buckley said.
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"We're disappointed for not being able to stick at it.
"The reality is we had some players who dropped away.
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"That is going to happen at times, especially with young boys.
"We had the right plan, right attitude and I thought out work-rate was consistent throughout the game. We just dropped away with our execution."
In better news for the Magpies, Steele Sidebottom is expected to be fit for their MCG match against the Power.
Sidebottom looked in great discomfort after a clash in Saturday's fourth quarter, but played out the rest of the game.
"He had a kick to the shin, which was on top of a kick to the shin," Buckley said.
"He said to me after the game, probably a bit too much carry on.
"He said it smarted in the moment, but it's just a contact injury."
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