Hardwick blasts struggling Richmond

30 July 2012 20:59:03 GMTPlus10

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick was left angry and frustrated by his side's narrow defeat to Carlton.

The Tigers lost by four points at the MCG, suffering their third straight loss by less than a kick and Hardwick said the number of errors his side made was unacceptable.

The Tigers let a 13-point lead slip late in the last quarter as Carlton kicked the final three goals of the match. It is the sixth time this season that Richmond has lost by 12 points or less.

"You lose three games by under a kick, there's some things going wrong that we've got to fix. That's it in a nutshell," Hardwick said. "We're not good enough at this stage. We've got to restock, get some things right and keep moving forward.

"Basic errors that we shouldn't make. It starts with me from a coaching perspective all the way down. We've just got to get better in a hell of a lot of areas. We've lost too many games by under two goals. Good sides first of all don't get themselves in that position and good sides win those games and we're just not there."

We're not good enough at this stage. We've got to restock, get some things right and keep moving forward.

Damien Hardwick

Hardwick said some of his players need to 'start playing for their jumper', adding: "He (Morris) fights and he probably embodies what we're speaking about and the way we want to play the game. We just got to find more of those players that are prepared to do that on a consistent basis.

"There were times that we had to go head first into a contest and we weren't prepared to do so. At the moment we probably just didn't have the personnel to put pressure on those guys.

"They need to start playing for the jumper the way we want them to play or they won't play and they'll quickly find themselves out the door."

Richmond areĀ 1/1 to win the Grand Final.

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