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Bombers beat Blues for third AFL win

AAP logoAAP 27/08/2016 By Bruce Matthews

Victorious Essendon coach John Worsfold reckons he doesn't even know Brisbane's opponent in the battle to avoid finishing bottom of the AFL ladder.

The suspension-depleted Bombers can climb off the last rung if St Kilda beats the Lions by more than eight goals at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

"To be honest, I won't be looking at the result. I honestly didn't know who Brisbane are playing and when they are playing. I'm not too fussed," Worsfold said on Saturday after Essendon beat Carlton 15.13 (103) to 10.19 (79) at the MCG.

"The Essendon football club is a very proud club and I think they've won only one wooden spoon (1933) in their history.

"So, if we avoid that, it would be wonderful, but it's not something I'll be sitting there praying for."

In a twist, Essendon might lose from its third win of the season - they're in danger of surrendering the No.1 draft pick to Brisbane if the Lions drop to 18th place with a big loss to St Kilda.

Young Essendon forward Joe Daniher led the way with five goals as the Bombers blew open the contest with 6.2 to the Blues' 1.4 in the third quarter.

The Bombers must have salivated at the glimpse into the future with several outstanding efforts - such as from Daniher, second-year forward Kyle Langford, who bagged three goals, and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, who chimed in with four during the second-half domination.

After the final siren, Essendon paid tribute to its 10 top-up players brought in to bolster a player list that lost 12 senior players to WADA-imposed suspensions for the season.

"It was a wonderful acknowledgment of a lot of peoples' hard work. These players have never lost momentum or lost faith at any point," Worsfold said.

"(The win) typified the endeavour shown all year, often against teams that were too powerful for us.

"Today's energy and effort is what supporters are so proud about this year."

Carlton coach Brendan Bolton kept his players behind closed doors for more than 30 minutes after the match for a debrief on the poor team effort.

He later bemoaned the Blues' inability to defend in the first half, saying "that performance will really help steel and drive us over the pre-season".

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