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Grace Phillips, Carlton Media  May 2, 2017 10:29 AM

Highlights: Carlton v Sydney Swans The Blues and Swans clash in round six

Carlton’s 270-gamer Kade Simpson has lauded the efforts of his teammates following the Blues' 19-point victory over Sydney at the MCG last Saturday.

The veteran half-back said the team was determined to correct the inefficiencies that cost it the Round 5 clash against Port Adelaide.

“The good thing about football is that when you have a performance you’re not proud of, you only have to wait six or seven days before you can rectify that," Simpson told 3AW.

“I think our third quarters have been average the past couple of weeks against Gold Coast and Port Adelaide, so we really set ourselves for the third.

“We wanted to respond as a group, we didn’t really try anything new but we just set ourselves for the contest and focused on those little things,” Simpson said.

The Blues booted five third-quarter goals to Sydney's two to set up the victory, with small forward Matthew Wright booting three in the term to finish with a game-high four.

 

Simpson praised the 27-year-old, who continues to repay the faith after being picked up by the Blues as a delisted free agent at the end of 2015.

“Since Matt Wright walked through the door he’s been ultra-consistent," he said.

“It was good to see him kick some goals because around the club we always see him doing the hard things like blocking off the ball or setting up goals.

“He also did a role on Callum Mills who is an absolute star for the Swans,” Simpson said.

Another Blue who was lauded for his role on one of Sydney’s many stars was club debutant Alex Silvagni.

The former Docker laid five tackles and restricted Lance Franklin to just one goal. 

“Alex Silvagni was amazing, it’s just reward for effort with him," Simpson said.

“He’s trained the house down all pre-season and really looks driven at taking a second chance at playing AFL.

“He’s a competitive beast and just loves the contest. I haven’t seen someone win so many one-on-one contests against an absolute superstar of the competition in 'Buddy'."

Carlton will now prepare to face arch-rival Collingwood in a Saturday afternoon clash at the MCG.