St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt says his former club must take it up to Carlton this weekend.
Riewoldt is aware the Blues will be seething after a humiliating 15-goal loss to GWS in Round 9 but insists the onus must be on the Saints to set the tone early.
St Kilda head into Sunday’s clash at Marvel Stadium on the back of four straight defeats themselves but the pressure is heaped squarely on the Blues due to the nature of some of their recent results.
“This is a really unique challenge (for St Kilda),” Riewoldt said on SEN's Whateley.
“I can almost guarantee that the conversation occurring internally is, ‘it’s not this week for Carlton’.
“'Let them bounce back next week, it’s not going to occur against us this week'. I absolutely think you address it (this way).
“You don’t pretend like there’s not something special or different about this contest because the players at St Kilda would know the pressure that Carlton are under.
“Saints have lost four on the trot as well. While their form has been a lot better in the way they’ve played and the effort they’ve given, they would be really keen to jump back in the winners’ circle.
“If you drill it right down, the question mark you would have over Carlton coming into the game, is what sort of effort are they going to bring?
“If you’re a Saints player, you can go out and smack them from the very first bounce. Ten minutes in, make them ask the question of themselves – are they prepared to roll up their sleeves and get dirty today?
“Because St Kilda have shown this year that they are up for the fight, Carlton have shown it not quite as consistently.
“That would be the conversation. Let us play the effort game, and see if Carlton can come with us.”
The Saints will suit up against the Blues without defender Jimmy Webster who has undergone surgery on a hand issue and will be sidelined for two weeks.