Matthew Lloyd, Essendon’s greatest goal-kicker, believes midfielder Dylan Shiel should have ‘run through’ Sydney midfielder Luke Parker after last Saturday night’s extraordinary luge.
The Bombers were demolished by 58 points and spared more pain on the scoreboard due to the Swans’ inaccuracy at SCG.
After scoring a goal in the second quarter, Parker appeared to taunt Shiel, staring at the Bombers midfielder and shrugging repeatedly.
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It was a sled that caught the show’s attention at the time and, speaking on Sunday, Lloyd said more should have been done to stand up to Parker.
“You never, ever want to be stepped on in life or disrespected in any way. I thought Dylan Shiel was disrespectful in a way that you would never want to be treated as a footballer,” he said on the Sunday Footy Show.
“That was the next contest,” Lloyd said during a vision of a contest shortly after where Parker was slightly off the ball with Shiel behind him, “I would have completely plowed Parker here, I got on the ground and said, ‘You’ll never treat me like that again’.
“I would shoot him. If you don’t give a free kick, it’s even better… Dylan Shiel is not the type of player to do it, but I would have liked someone else to do it for him.
“I think it will be something that Ben Rutten will show and say this is how you are seen Dylan and this is how we are seen as a team. Where has the wickedness gone? »
Asked if he suggested a response similar to the infamous ‘line in the sand’ match between Essendon and Hawthorn in 2004, Lloyd replied “Yes”, but admitted that aggression should be reduced somewhat by compared to the games of yesteryear.
“You may not be as talented as another team, but the effort doesn’t come into it – 30 tackles says a lot, a lack of defense says a lot. They’re too nice and there’s no ruthless tendency. I think the team would have loved to see him (Shiel) knock him down (Parker),” he said.
“I’m not talking about knocking someone down tomorrow, I’m talking about making a statement that you’re not going to get trampled and they get trampled.”