Carlton coach Michael Voss says they cannot afford to let their standards slip at any point in the game despite picking up a 26-point win over Essendon on Friday night.
The Blues are priced at 2/1 to finish in the top four of the AFL this season and continue to impress after picking up their ninth win of the season against the Bomber.
However Voss was not totally happy with all aspects of their play and felt the need to give his players a spray during the three-quarter time break.
Carlton were holding a 28-point lead at that stage and had outscored Essendon in the third quarter, but Voss was not happy with the way they allowed Essendon too many inside 50s.
“I thought our first two-and-a-half quarters were really good, but we just strayed from doing some little things well, which we had been doing earlier,” Voss told reporters after the game.
“I think we’re still in that phase where we’re learning to win and win properly. We acknowledge there’s still some growth left in us.
“When we talk about expectations, people will talk about where we’re going to finish, but our expectation is that we stay with what we’re trying to do and play a certain way.
“There’s certain behaviours that we need and we have to stay on that. It was more reinforcement.”
Meanwhile Patrick Cripps also confirmed after the game that Voss was just giving the players a reminder of their roles and responsibilities.
“He’s a passionate guy and he’s holding us to a high standard and the standard we set for ourselves at the start of the year. We probably went away in the third quarter from playing our footy and it was just resetting us,” Cripps added.