Blues aim to burn Suns

THE calculator has been left behind - all Carlton coach Brett Ratten wants to look at this weekend is another entry to the Blues' win column.

With Carlton in a tight race for eighth spot, Ratten could easily be poised to crunch the numbers anticipating what would be a vital boost to percentage against the lowly Gold Coast.

But he said yesterday: ''We are not worried about margins - we just need those four points to keep going with that little bit of hope of finals.''

Despite four victories in five games, the Blues must keep winning and hope Fremantle falls over against North Melbourne tomorrow to stay in the top-eight hunt.

Still, Ratten would love a repeat of the last time the teams met - a 119-point thumping in the Suns' AFL debut in round two, 2011.

Easier said than done now, according to the Blues coach.


Asked how much the Suns had improved since that stunning triumph, Ratten said: ''They are going really well for a young team - they are very dangerous''.

Ratten said Blues skipper Chris Judd was primed for a mouth-watering midfield battle with Suns captain Gary Ablett after hitting the ground running last round from suspension.

''Sometimes a forced break can actually be good. It helped Chris gather his thoughts and let his body rest a bit,'' Ratten said.

Ablett is reportedly battling a severe flu and was isolated from his teammates, but is still expected to play tonight.