Highlights: Brisbane v Carlton
The Lions and Blues clash in round 9
We’ve missed too many in the last few weeks from positions where you should just kick goals
CARLTON has scraped home to defeat the Brisbane Lions by 13 points at the Gabba on Saturday night, moving into the top eight for the first time this season.
Despite some terrible kicking at goal that left the door ajar for the Lions until the dying minutes, the Blues hung on to win 13.20 (98) to 12.13 (85).
They now move to a 5-4 record and leapfrog Collingwood, Richmond and Port Adelaide on percentage to jump into the eight.
Carlton host Greater Western Sydney at Etihad Stadium next Saturday.
In a see-sawing contest played in in perfect conditions, the Blues led by 32 points during the second quarter only to lose the lead before half-time, then seemingly had control for most of the second half without burying their opponents.
They kicked 5.13 after the main break and the Lions weren't much better, kicking 3.9.
"It’ll bite us one day if we don’t do something about it," Malthouse said.
"We’ve missed too many in the last few weeks from positions where you should just kick goals. 6.4m (wide) - it’s not exactly tiny.
"We seem to be making it narrower every time we have a shot for goal.
"Is it technique, I don’t know? Is it mental? I think once you miss one you tend to tense up a bit."
But the Blues thoroughly deserved their victory, hunting in midfield packs to win the disposal count (344-293) and inside 50s (58-43).
Brock McLean was superb with 25 disposals, including eight clearances, before being taken off with a heavy head knock midway through the final term.
Jarrad Waite continued to show just how valuable he is in the forward line, giving Joel Patfull headaches all night.
Waite grabbed 12 marks – seven of them contested – and despite having his usual troubles in front of goal (3.3), he was arguably the difference between the teams.
He had plenty of mates missing gettable set shots though, with usually reliable Bryce Gibbs and Jeff Garlett among the culprits.
It was a poor night for the Lions who not only lost the match, but suffered an injury to ruckman Matthew Leuenberger (dislocated thumb), who was rushed to hospital afterwards for scans.
Co-captain Jonathan Brown could also face trouble with the match review panel.
Just seven days after losing defenders Daniel Merrett and Justin Clarke to suspension, Brown was involved in a third-quarter incident with Blues defender Michael Jamison.
Brown appeared to collect Jamison with a left forearm to the head with enough force to have the Blue holding his head for the next three minutes.
Lions coach Michael Voss said he did not see the incident.
"I think Carlton deserved their victory. It would have been the one we stole I think," Voss said.
"Carlton probably could have put us away several times but didn't and we got a couple of looks and we weren't good enough to finish it. In the end that was pretty much the game."
Carlton led by more than five goals at the 13-minute mark of the second term before an extraordinary burst by the Lions changed the game.
In the space of 13 minutes, the hosts slammed on six goals to take an unlikely half-time lead.
Brent Moloney was the catalyst with 10 disposals, three clearances and two goals as the Lions' pressure went from non-existent to rabid in the space of a few minutes.
But they couldn't maintain the rage after half-time and Carlton ran over the top.
Brent Moloney was outstanding for the Lions during their second-quarter blitz. Picture: AFL Media
BRISBANE LIONS 3.1 9.4 10.10 12.13 (85)
CARLTON 6.5 8.7 12.13 13.20 (98)
Brisbane Lions: Bewick 3, Moloney 2, Rockliff, Polkinghorne, Staker, Brown, Redden, Green, Hanley
Carlton: Lucas 3, Waite 3, Robinson 2, Garlett 2, Murphy, Armfield, Judd
Brisbane Lions: Hanley, Bewick, Moloney, Black
Carlton: McLean, Waite, Judd, Murphy, Lucas
Brisbane Lions: Leuenberger (finger)
Carlton: McLean (suspected concussion)
Brisbane Lions: Josh Green on for Ashley McGrath in the third quarter
Carlton: Josh Bootsma on for Simon White in the third quarter
Umpires: Chamberlain, Armstrong and Jeffery