Carlton have bagged a 16-point win over Essendon, but two legends say they must clean up one area of their game.

Carlton surged late to collect a 16-point victory over arch rivals Essendon at the MCG, but a couple of footy greats believe there’s an element of their game that needs urgent attention as they strive to break their finals drought.

David Teague’s men fought back from a 21-point deficit to record a 19.9 (123) to 16.11 (107) victory, banking their third win of the season in their pursuit of playing finals footy for the first time since 2013.

But St Kilda icon Nick Riewoldt pulled Carlton up during the half-time break on their lack of intensity in defence.

Carlton have now conceded more than 90 points in five games this season – and Riewoldt says their poor two-way running is a major reason why they consistently leak so many goals.

They needed to (find a way) because halfway through the second quarter they’d conceded eight goals,” Riewoldt said on Fox Footy.

“They are jogging, it’s pedestrian, they let the play unfold and it looks like three players on one in your own 30 metres. There’s a time to dig in and chase defensively. Carlton are too inconsistent at that part of the game.”

North Melbourne great David King pointed out a moment from one minute into the match where Carlton players had applied very little pressure.

“They give Essendon the ability to move the ball coast to coast, so it’s always a two- to three-goal margin,” King said.

Riewoldt added: “It’s a common theme within their losses.”

“They bleed big when they lose momentum.”

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