St Kilda coach Scott Watters was delighted to see his team play with an aggressive edge in their shock 24-point victory over Carlton in a fiery clash at Etihad Stadium on Monday night.
The Saints were tenacious throughout the contest but kept their discipline and frustrated the Blues as they inflicted a second defeat of the season.
“There is an edge and you need to play with that, and I thought the guys were hard at the contest, hard at their opponents, but focussed on winning the contest and winning the football. We got the balance right tonight,” Watters said.
The win, St Kilda’s fourth of the season, pushed them into the play offs and Watters is eyeing further improvements.
“We’re a long way off perfect. One win doesn’t mean all of a sudden we’ve arrived. But we’ll continue to work on that and progress,” Watters added.
Saints midfielder Leigh Montagna, in excellent form against Carlton, was delighted to have beaten a highly-rated opponent, with the previous wins coming against sides near the bottom of the ladder.
“Any win is important in this competition when we see how even it is,” Montagna said.
“But certainly to take a scalp like Carlton, who we rate as a really good side, I’m sure gives the guys a lot of confidence. It’s something we can build on and take forward.”
Saints face a long trip to Perth next week and will look to defy the AFL betting odds when they take on league leaders West Coast Eagles. The Eagles will be smarting after losing their 100 per cent record in emphatic fashion at the hands of Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
St Kilda will have to work hard to buck its win-loss trend when they return to live Aussie Rules action, as they seek to cement a place in the top eight.