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Frustrated Ben Rutten urges more ‘aggressive’ approach


BEN RUTTEN desires his Bombers to play a “more aggressive” model of soccer as stress mounts on the membership and its younger coach after a 1-6 begin to the season.

Essendon sits third-last on the ladder and faces a tricky month of video games earlier than its mid-season bye, having delivered a poor begin to its marketing campaign following a finals look in 2021.

Rutten has come below scrutiny because the Bombers’ stoop continued with a lacklustre defeat to the Western Bulldogs final week, along with his facet averaging two fewer objectives than final season and conceding on common 4 extra objectives within the opening two months of this yr.

Ben Rutten seems on through the spherical seven conflict between Essendon and Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium on Might 1, 2022. Image: AFL Pictures

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The previous Adelaide full-back and Richmond assistant stated the Bombers understood the stress would come because of their poor opening.  

“I feel really well-supported in the club. We’ve got really experienced people around me. We’re not playing the footy or as going as well as we would have liked and we understand when we do that you open yourself up to some criticism and different opinions and that’s part of the game,” he stated on Thursday.

“I don’t think that’s a new thing for me. I just need to be really clear on what my job is and how I can best coach the players and get us performing at the level we need to.”

The Bombers’ solely win got here in spherical 4 after they beat Adelaide by 4 factors at Marvel Stadium, with clashes towards Hawthorn, Sydney (on the SCG), Richmond and Port Adelaide (Adelaide Oval) to come back forward of their spherical 13 bye.

Rutten stated his gamers understood the membership’s gameplan however there was an inconsistency in executing it. 

“There’s a level of frustration from everyone – the players, coaches, probably externally as well – and it’s more around our consistency and our ability to execute the way we want to more frequently,” he stated.

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“We’re seeing it at times and there’s some really positive parts of our game, but we’re not seeing it enough often enough and consistently enough and that’s what we’re striving to do. We understand we’re never going to play a perfect game and get it right all the time but we’re working really hard.”

Dylan Shiel is predicted to play in Essendon’s beginning 22 after being dropped final week however successful a reprieve because the medical substitute, with Rutten saying it was “looking more likely” the midfielder would face the Hawks.

Ruckman Sam Draper missed coaching with sickness. 

Sam Draper in motion through the spherical six conflict between Essendon and Collingwood on the MCG on April 25, 2022. Image: AFL Pictures

Rutten is encouraging the Bombers to play with extra pleasure and dare.  

“We want to play a more aggressive brand of footy with some flair. It’s one of the things we’re not quite doing at the moment. There’s a number of reasons for that but we want to keep pushing it to be able to do that more often,” he stated. 

Jake Stringer will miss the following month with one other hamstring harm he sustained towards the Bulldogs. It’s to his reverse leg from the pressure of which he returned from for the Anzac Day conflict with Collingwood in spherical six, however Rutten stated the membership would evaluate whether or not he got here again too quickly. 

“He did everything, we were confident in the way he presented and he got through his first game. It’s his other leg. Maybe that’s an indication it was too early, maybe it’s just a bit of luck as well. We’ll have a look at that,” he stated.



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