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Jamie Macmillan: “We never seem to celebrate defence”

North Melbourne defender Jamie Macmillan has hit back at suggestions high-scoring football is the only attractive form of the game.

The Roos went down to Essendon by 17 points at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with 35 goals being booted between the two teams.

Speaking on Afternoons, the 26-year-old urged the footy world to recognise the “bloody hard work” defenders put in every week despite the league-wise praise for high-scoring footy over the weekend.

“As a defender, we never seem to celebrate defence,” he said.

“We’ve seen some great games where both sides score 60 points where the offence is poor but no one ever seems to realise that it’s hard work to put in a defensive performance as a team.

“Everyone wants goals kicked, which I get. There’s some great defenders out there that no matter how many rules you change, they’re still going to defend well.”

Macmillan said he was disappointed the club failed to land Collingwood’s Jordan de Goey but was pleased the club was making moves behind the scenes.

“As a playing group, we want the best group of players to win us a premiership and that’s what we all strive for,” he said.

“You’d rather be in the race than not in the race at all. You obviously want to win but if you come a close second three or four times, eventually a high-profile player will come across.”

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