Josh Fraser praised his side’s spirit in yesterday’s one-point victory over Geelong. (PHOTO CREDIT: Edward James, Carlton Media)
WHILE the Northern Blues would take confidence from a one-point win, Josh Fraser said his side wouldn’t be getting ahead of themselves.
After three games lost under three goals last year, Northern was able to hold on with the Cats pressing to secure victory.
It was the first time the Blues got off to a winning start in five seasons.
Speaking post-match, Fraser said there was cause for excitement but room for growth.
“We’re not delusional about the result. But late in the game, the boys were able to own individual moments which were really important,” Fraser said.
“Guys stood up in leadership capacities. We’re really proud of the group, particularly given we had two players down at half time.
“We liked a lot of what we saw, but we leave today knowing we have a lot to work on.”
After ending last year in winning form, it was crucial for the Blues to notch an early win which has eluded them in recent seasons.
Fraser believed that his side were beyond the point of the emotion of a win dictating and defining the lead-up to the next game.
“It should give us confidence, particularly in tight games,” he said.
“I think we’ve moved beyond the emotion of a win carrying us into next week. I think we’re a bit more clinical than that now.
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“We’re going to have to continue to improve to win games of football. The playing group and leadership group are aware of that.”
Eight players featured in the middle of the song, having enjoyed wins in their first games for the Club.
Fraser said it was a “really exciting” moment for the new Blues.
“The young Carlton players who have just come to the Club — for them to experience a win for four points is important,” he said.
“Just as important is the young VFL players like Frank Anderson and Noah Wheeler, who are new to our club and have had exceptional pre-seasons.”