John Worsfold launches stirring defence of laughing photo and club's horror 2020 campaign
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Essendon coach John Worsfold has fired back at critics of the "15 seconds of footage" that showed his players laughing during a 66-point loss to Geelong that ended their finals hopes.
Preparing for his second-last game in change before handing over to Ben Rutten in 2021, Worsfold said those who suggested vision of the joke being told by Irving Mosquito in the player huddle was a poor look showed they had a "very narrow focus".

He also hit back at club great Matthew Lloyd, who has been at the front of the knockers queue, declaring the former star full forward "hadn't garnered much support" with his comments.

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"We measure the players on performance. I thought their second half, if telling that joke got them up and played the footy they played in the second half, we had more scoring shots and inside-50s than Geelong, then we should have been cracking those gags before the game," Worsfold said.

"People are going to put perspective on it. Again, it's a very narrow focus in the context of what players are doing. We can pick on players' group at any time. We want the AFL to have some characters in the game. But ultimately we get measured on performance.

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"Our first half wasn't good enough. The players having a laugh post that and then going out and performing a lot better, people can read into that how they want. For me, we get…
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