“A cheap shot”: Worsfold bristles at criticism of coaching demeanour

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Essendon coach John Worsfold has strongly defended his match day demeanour amid criticism following the club’s 104-point loss to the Western Bulldogs.

Worsfold’s lack of emotion when coaching from the interchange bench was called into question by the likes of Kane Cornes and Tim Watson with his job potentially hinging on making the finals.

The seventh-placed Bombers need a win from their final two games to seal a spot in September.

“People can target me on that, but that’s pretty shallow,” Worsfold told reporters.

“Has anyone looked back at the whole 110 minutes of what I’m doing? I was in constant communication with the coaches’ box, constantly supporting the players, challenging them and talking through it.

“There were parts of the game – I can’t talk nonstop – where I sat quietly and they’ve been highlighted. It’s a cheap shot, but that’s fine.”

Essendon face Fremantle at Optus Stadium on Saturday night before rounding off their home and away campaign against Collingwood at the MCG.

Worsfold, a premiership-winning coach with West Coast in 2006, is contracted to the Bombers for another season.