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Pendlebury: Not injured, rarely worse

Sam Gastin  April 26, 2017 5:50 PM

Scott Pendlebury
isn’t injured.

But ANZAC Day was the worst game of football he’s played in 10 years.

“I think I have put up a career of being able to make my bad games at least serviceable, but I think yesterday I fell away and my bad game was a really bad game,” Pendlebury told Jay Clark on Collingwood Media podcast ‘Jock & Journo’.

“99 per cent of football public, in every office this morning, in every SuperCoach conversation was about you being injured. People are convinced you are injured,” Clark pressed.

“Is it your achilles, your knee or your hamstring? Are you injured?”

“I think yesterday was my worst game that I’ve played in 10 years,” Pendlebury replied.

“Whether it was little stints up forward that I did, or through the midfield, I just thought that I wasn’t impactful. It certainly wasn’t through a lack of effort or running or work-rate.

“I was very filthy that I didn’t play my part yesterday.”

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The captain had 20 disposals and laid four tackles in Tuesday’s 18-point loss to the Bombers. It was his lowest total since recording 17 touches, while playing just 60 per cent game time against Richmond in round 20 last year.

He now has very little time to right any wrongs and deliver a better performance when Collingwood take on Geelong on Sunday.

The midfielder wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Playing on a five day break after a loss is the best thing that can happen,” Pendlebury said.

“You get a chance to go back out there so quickly.”

“We won’t train much this week, but I look forward to bouncing back against the Cats and fulfilling my role again.”

LISTEN: Tune in to the latest episode of Jock & Journo on Soundcloud.

The comments echoed the post-match words of Nathan Buckley, who said the character of Pendlebury and the rest of his teammates will be on display when the Magpies next step onto the MCG.

“We rely on our leaders to stand up,” Buckley told the media.
“Pendles would be dirty on his performance. He’d be dirty about where we’re at.

“But we’ll find out how dirty in five days’ time against the Cats.”

Pendlebury and Clark covered a wide range of topics, Collingwood and otherwise, on their latest edition of 'Jock & Journo'.

Below is a list of prominent listening points, while you can also listen to the podcast in the attached module.

- How a five-day break helps (2:00),
- Is Pendles injured? (3:15),
- Buckley’s post-ANZAC Day message (7:45),
- Footy’s equivalent of getting fired (8:40),
- A recovery myth? (10:10),
- The death of altitude training (12:45),
- Pendles’ most admired opponents (14:30),
- The player snubbed in ANZAC Day Medal voting (23:00),
- Is Jordan Lewis feeling guilty? (24:20),
- Russell Westbrook’s ‘supporting cast’ (28:00),
- Alistair Clarkson vs Mark Robinson (30:00),
- Jay’s biggest career mistake (33:40),
- Pendles’ Pacman man-crush (36:30),
- Changing concussion protocol (40:30) and more.