A week's worth of questions won't deter Nick Maxwell from animated on-field displays towards teammates who are not pulling their weight.
Having come under scrutiny after shoving and shouting at fellow Collingwood defender Alex Fasolo during last Saturday's victory over West Coast, the 2010 premiership captain maintains he has no regrets about the incident.
"I'll probably do it again at some stage in the next few weeks - hopefully I don't, but it may come to that," the veteran said on Thursday.
"Out there we've got a job to do. I've got a job to do down back, and I need guys to be playing their role. We've got to be desperate down there, and at times aggressive, and people may think it can be over the top, but we've got to be demanding of each other.''
Maxwell said that despite Fasolo being somewhat shocked initially, he had responded well to the bake.
"At first he was like a little kid, he thought I was going to crack him over the head," Maxwell joked. "No, he was really positive. First thing I did from half-time was go to him and have a detailed explanation of it all, of what was required, and he was great. [He said], 'Mate, I want you to keep doing it to me.' "
Maxwell also backed teammate Travis Cloke, saying a more aggressive attitude at training will turn around the key forward’s form.
Cloke continues to struggle this season and only kicked one goal in the narrow win over West Coast.
But Maxwell said he had noticed Cloke training differently ahead of the match against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.
‘‘He’s a huge body, he’s hard to play on. When he’s really aggressive and really physical he’s hard to beat.
‘‘That’s something he’s got back to in the last couple of weeks and it’s going to turn for him come game day - hopefully it’s tomorrow night. But if it’s not it’s going to happen in the next few weeks, I have no doubt.’’
Maxwell said Cloke’s teammates were making sure he did not lose focus or morale.
‘‘You could feel for him ... he’s had the weight of the world on his shoulders. But we just keep telling him we don’t want him to come out and take 15-20 marks and kick five goals, we just want him to keep playing his role.
‘‘I know everyone wants him to rip games apart like he has in the past, and I reckon he will in the next few weeks.’’
The job of nullifying St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt is at the top of Collingwood's to-do list.
Maxwell flagged that Jack Frost and Lachlan Keeffe would be the two players charged with trying to keep up with the champion forward.
"I don't think these days you can play one guy on Nick the way he plays, he just runs everyone around all the time, so we're going to have to make sure that we have a couple of options there," he said.
Maxwell has long been the leader of the Collingwood defence, but his experience and leadership qualities have taken on added importance this year after a spate of injuries, the most recently is Nathan Brown, whose shoulder dislocation will keep him out for the remainder of 2014.
Maxwell spoke like a proud father figure when highlighting how resilient the defensive group had been under duress.
"If you had told me at the start of the year the players we'd have out of the team and the guys we'd be relying on to get the job done, I might have said, 'Well, I'm not sure where we'll be at.'
"To see Frost come in and play the way he's played, to see [Tom] Langdon come in and play the way he's played, obviously Marley [Williams] has come back in the past few weeks, Clinton Young added another string to his bow playing half-back, which is not something he'd been renowned for, so all of these guys have come in and played a role for us.''
Having struggled in the round-one loss to Fremantle, Maxwell's place in the team had been called into question, but he has had a renaissance in recent games, and in his role of marshalling the defence.
Nevertheless, he is not re-assessing his longevity in the game. "I'm just trying to get through the next training session, to be honest."