AFL Round 16: North Melbourne v Hawthorn
North Melbourne never looked in doubt during the four quarters of football against Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium. The final scores North Melbourne 16.12.108 to Hawthorn 13.10.88 Photo: Getty
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson did not hold back post-match when asked about Brian Lake's poor discipline during the defeat to North Melbourne on Friday night.
The defender was involved in an ugly-looking wrestle with his opponent Drew Petrie on the ground as the game erupted midway through the third quarter.
"He was a bit scratchy tonight and we're pretty disappointed with that five- or six-minute patch (in the third term),'' the Hawks coach said.
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was not the happiest of campers after Friday night's defeat. Photo: Getty Images
"He let himself down and he let his teammates down and the game was right in the balance at that time.
"To incur that 50m penalty...
"He's been pretty good for us. He was pretty average tonight and we're disappointed with that, but we move on and we hope that hope that he responds from that."
This was Clarkson's first match back after illness, and in his absence assistant coach Brendon Bolton had led the Hawks to five straight wins.
"I like winning a helluva lot more than losing, but I enjoyed getting back into the swing of things again,'' Clarkson said. "I got a couple of 'bring back Boltons' as I was coming down the race.
"I'd better try to get a win for us next week to save my job."
While Clarkson bemoaned an off-night for his team, North coach Brad Scott was rapt with how the Kangaroos played.
But given their woeful inconsistency this season, he was reading little into a great win.
"All the inconsistency stuff I'm not going to argue against that, that's fact isn't it,'' he said.
"We still face the challenge of ups and downs.
"We've beaten the top four sides but we're not a top-four side.
"We'll draw a little bit of confidence out of it, but no more than the other good wins this year."