Collingwood made a costly mistake in dropping out-of-form forward Jesse White for what turned out to be a horror loss to Melbourne according to Essendon goalkicker Matthew Lloyd.
Melbourne have dealt Collingwood's finals hopes a blow with a hard-fought 37-point win at the MCG.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has conceded a lack of reward for effort has begun to take its toll as the Magpies face a second consecutive September on the sidelines
Collingwood and Melbourne supporters head to the MCG on Saturday afternoon accompanied by a scary sense of déjà vu.
Desperate to avoid a sixth consecutive loss, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has lost patience with tall forward Jesse White and goalsneak Jarryd Blair, with the pair dropped among four changes at the Westpac Centre for Saturday's clash with Melbourne.
Collingwood players Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas have been issued with infraction notices for alleged breaches of the AFL's anti-doping code.
Thirty years after he completed a strategic review of the then struggling VFL, Geelong president Colin Carter has expressed major concerns about the style of play clubs have embraced and has called for the AFL's wealth tax to be scrapped.
Collingwood will continue to be conservative with injury-plagued star Ben Reid as he pushes for a long-awaited AFL comeback.
Long-term injured Collingwood star Ben Reid will come into serious consideration for a return to the senior team this week against Melbourne.
Darcy Moore was a Collingwood supporter long before he got to the club and felt the same way most Collingwood supporters would have felt on Sunday night.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley admits opposition clubs might view his team as being vulnerable under pressure in the fallout from a cluster of close losses that add up to the club's worst losing streak in a decade.
The Western Bulldogs appear destined to play in the finals in Luke Beveridge's first year in charge after they overcame Collingwood by 18 points at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Injured Collingwood forward Travis Cloke wants his club to give exiled pair Josh Thomas and Lachie Keeffe a second chance.
Sunday will be huge for Collingwood. They just cannot afford to drop a fifth straight game to the sixth placed Western Bulldogs or they are in serious trouble of missing out on September finals action. How quickly things can turn in AFL Football.
Collingwood expects provisionally suspended pair Josh Thomas and Lachie Keeffe will have a clearer indication of their immediate future within weeks.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the Magpies will need to "cobble up" a restructured forward line capable of hurting the Western Bulldogs in the absence of two of his prime operators.
They have lost four games in a row. They have lost their two leading goalkickers – including the injured Travis Cloke. They have lost a place in the eight.
Wayne Carey says Collingwood forward Jesse White is "a tease" who should probably consult a psychologist.
Already missing their second-highest goalkicker Jamie Elliott, Collingwood were going to need everything going right to have a chance against West Coast on Saturday night.