There has been a fair share of criticism coming Hawthorn's way in the past month.
And, while Hawthorn Coach Alastair Clarkson concedes it has been well and truly deserved following four consecutive losses, he said no level of scrutiny could have any great impact within the four walls of the club.
Speaking post-match following the side's impressive 31-point win over Carlton, Clarkson reflected on the past month's challenges.
“Most of it (criticism) has been directed at me, so that’s been a little fortunate in that the players have been sheltered from it,” Clarkson said.
“But trying to push a divide between anyone at our football club is a fruitless exercise really, because we are so strong and tight from the board right through to the coaching area and the players.
“We know where we are going. At the appropriate time, if we think we’re not going in the right direction, we’ll pivot and go in a different direction.
“Those sort of nudges and pivots, we have been making for 15 or 16 years and if we need to do so again, we will.”
The four-time premiership coach said he couldn't have been more proud of the group's ability to stick to the task on Friday night despite a worrying opening 15 minutes that saw the Blues kick the first five goals of the game.
“We’ve been getting bashed from pillar to post everywhere, including on the ground. But for the resolve of the group to stand up when you’re five goals down 20 minutes into the game, it says a little bit for the group and the character of them,” Clarkson said.
“It’s reward for a lot of people who are doing a lot of hard yards.
“They know their hometown of Melbourne is doing it really tough at the minute with the virus and the escalating concern there and that has concerns for our immediate family and a lot of family and friends.”