Todd Goldstein at North Melbourne training.
Todd Goldstein at North Melbourne training.

Roos backing Goldy to respond

NORTH Melbourne coach Brad Scott is backing in ruckman Todd Goldstein this weekend against Carlton after his disappointing outing against Melbourne.

Goldstein was smashed in all departments by Demons star Max Gawn last Saturday, conceding 50 hitouts to 15 and recording five fewer disposals compared to his opponent.

Despite solid form from Braydon Preuss in the VFL, the Kangaroos coach confirmed Goldstein will face Matthew Kreuzer this weekend.

"We will (back him in) is the short answer," Scott said.

"Todd and I have had some really some upfront discussions and there's things that he needs to work on."

Scott said his performance wasn't all doom and gloom, with Goldstein managing to get forward and boot a goal.

Max Gawn battles Todd Goldstein last weekend.
Max Gawn battles Todd Goldstein last weekend.

"There's some elements of his game that were positive. Gawn is an elite ruckman, he is very hard to stop when he imposes himself on the contest," Scott said.

"Goldy got forward again and gave us a target there."

The Roos coach encouraged the 2015 All-Australian to play to his strengths.

"We just want to get him focused on playing to his strengths and learn what he can out of this game and move his attention to Matthew Kreuzer this week," he said.

Scott said gun key defender Robbie Tarrant should return to the Roos team after he was a late out last Saturday.

The Roos coach was impressed with Tarrant's replacement, Majak Daw, who is a chance to retain his spot in the senior line-up.

Todd Goldstein is out reached by Max Gawn. Picture: Michael Klein
Todd Goldstein is out reached by Max Gawn. Picture: Michael Klein

Daw received the Mark of the Week for a miraculous hanger and sent Melbourne veteran Jordan Lewis flying with a bone-rattling bump.

"He was really influential, especially given his inexperience as a defender," Scott said.

Scott also gave prized draftee Luke Davies-Uniacke a big rap.

While it has been an inconsistent start for last year's pick No.4, Scott said the signs of an elite player are there.

"He was fantastic Good Friday, probably stiff not to get a Rising Star nomination," he said.

"There are some elements of his game at the moment that just (aren't) quite AFL standard but the signs that he's shown are that he is going to be an elite AFL player."



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