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Josh Gabelich  July 14, 2017 11:48 PM

AFL 2017 Round 17 - St Kilda v Essendon

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: The Saints look dejected after a loss during the 2017 AFL round 17 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium on July 14, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

If you don’t turn up with enormous energy and a willingness to defend, a willingness to work, then you’re going to get embarrassed and that’s what happened.

St Kilda Coach Alan Richardson says the Saints were embarrassed by Essendon in Friday night’s bitterly disappointing 61-point loss at Etihad Stadium.

After four successive wins, St Kilda was brought crashing back to earth with a thud and have now been hauled back to a handful of teams fighting for a spot at the bottom of the top eight.

Richardson praised John Worsfold’s side and said the Saints were punished for not bringing the required level of intensity on Friday night.

“If you don’t turn up with enormous energy and a willingness to defend, a willingness to work, then you’re going to get embarrassed and that’s what happened,” Richardson said in a press conference after the loss to Essendon.

“In some ways that’s being disrespectful to the Bombers and not giving them enough credit.

“They were outstanding; we couldn’t stop them; they just worked through us way too easily; full credit to them.”

St Kilda will quickly turn their attention to next weekend’s trip to New South Wales to face Sydney, who are one of the in-form teams in the competition.

Richardson said the Saints will review Friday night’s loss thoroughly before focusing on what they need to do to beat the Swans at the SCG.

“We just identify what happened and we work on it. We now have the opportunity to train a bit. We go from Friday to Saturday. We get on the plane as a group,” he said.

“Once we work through exactly what we need to do against Sydney; there won’t be too many secrets in that; we’ve got to compete; we’ve got to work hard for each other; we’ll go away and try and get it done.”