FourFourSeconds ago, there was a lot of talk about the Blues’ injury woes.
The Blues are in danger of being without key players in a game they desperately need to win.
However, after a tough loss at St Kilda, the Blues have started to show signs of life.
The Blues are at least halfway through the week and have played five matches.
They are winning games, and have a good run going into the bye week.
The team that was struggling last week is showing some positive signs of improvement.
It was also the team that played at Adelaide Oval and lost.
In fact, after the match against Adelaide, the coach Darren Lehmann told reporters that they were getting a lot better and would start to get some results.
“We’ll be in the top half by Sunday, but we’re just getting back to where we were before the injury,” Lehmann said.
“It’s a good thing we’ve got some good players who are playing at the top level.”
The Blues will need to find a way to stop the run of form that has taken them from fifth place to third in the league to just one point behind Adelaide.
They have started the week with two wins against the Demons and three against Fremantle, which puts them in the clear.
“If you look at the games, we’ve played well and we’re still improving, but the most important thing is to play a good game,” Lehman said.
Carlton coach Brendon Bolton said it was a positive sign for the Blues to have a few more points against Fremodals than last week.
“I think that’s the only way we can get the win in the first week of the season,” Bolton said.
“They’re a good team and we’ve had to come back from a bad start.”
They’ve shown they can beat us at times this year, but they have the edge in that they’ve had some quality wins.
“Hopefully, it’s a bit of good luck, but it’s been a long week.”
The game against Frembledon at Adelaide Park was the best of any game this week, with the Blues showing some solid ball movement, good defensive pressure and some quality inside 50s.
“Carlton has been pretty solid in the midfield, so we know they’re going to get us on the scoreboard,” Bolton told reporters.
“But we’ve been really pleased with how we’ve handled the last few games.”
Carlton is one of six teams to score a goal this week.
The Tigers have scored seven, with six coming in the last three games.
The Bombers have a goal every four games, but haven’t been able to find the back of the net in a tough week.
St Kilda are one of five teams that have conceded five or more goals in the past three games, while Geelong have the other five.
The Demons have won four of their last five, but have been struggling to find their feet at the start of the year.
Their first win of the week came in Round 1 against Melbourne and ended a run of 10 straight losses.
Carlsons coach Nathan Buckley has also been pleased with the performance of the players.
“The boys have been really good over the last couple of weeks,” Buckley said.