Collingwood’s form woes and injury problems have continued in a terrible first half against a much younger Sydney Swans outfit.
The Magpies were staring at the prospect of a third-straight loss trailing Sydney by eight points at the main change at the Gabba.
And in another injury blow, Will Hoskin-Elliott wrenched his knee in an opening term marking contest and won’t return.
The club confirmed he suffered bone bruising and possibly ligament damage and was done for the night.
A Sydney player fell across Hoskin-Elliott’s right knee, forcing the goal kicker from the field, while defender Brayden Maynard required treatment in a shoulder issue in the second term.
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Coach Nathan Buckley looked exasperated in the box as the Pies wasted away their possession dominance in the first half to give the Swans a huge chance of a big upset win.
Collingwood dominated the clearance and inside 50m battle but blew their opportunities with poor ball use inside the forward half.
Buckley said the Pies wanted to use the footy better in the second half.
“You are not going to see a scoreboard like that very often. We have clearly got to connect better going inside 50m,” Buckley said on Fox Footy.
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“They are getting numbers back so the chance to lower eyes wasn’t there early.
“We are doing a lot of what we want to see but we just have to finish our work.”
Hawthorn champion Jason Dunstall said the Pies’ foot skills were deplorable.
“They are butchering the footy, absolutely slaughtering the football,” Dunstall said.
The Hoskin-Elliott knee issue is another unwanted injury blow for a club already missing superstars Scott Pendlebury (quad), Jeremy Howe (knee) and Jordan De Goey (finger).