Beleaguered Blues feel fans’ pain: Acres

Blake Acres feels Carlton's players are bearing the brunt of an "annoyed and frustrated" fan base as they try to resuscitate their crumbling AFL season.

The 27-year-old former St Kilda and Fremantle teammate has been surprised by the intense attention on the Blues since their trade move last October.

There has been a torrent of criticism directed at the traditional powerhouse in the midst of a horrific seven-game losing streak, during which the team was booed multiple times by fans.

Acres admitted the Blues have not lived up to expectations this season but backed manager Michael Voss and the playing group to turn the club's fortunes around as they bid to end a decade-long drought.

"A lot of our fans are upset with the way we're going and frustrated, and that feels a little bit," Acres told reporters on Friday.

"But as a group we've really come together in the last few weeks.

"I know we don't have the results, but we've talked about coming together as a group and controlling what we can control."

A report on Nine's Footy Classified on Monday night claimed Voss is now training for his career and said factions are developing among the players.

But Acres insisted that morale is "pretty good" within the group ahead of a decisive clash with Essendon on Sunday night.

"We've had some good talks about how the guys are feeling on game day and throughout the week," Acres said.

"The things we can do better and the opportunities we have for the games and for the season.

"We really simplified it going into this game and cut out all that external noise because it's so loud right now.

"We've got some good players and some experienced players that we're going to lean on, so we'll go into Sunday and try."

Acres made 120 AFL appearances for the Saints and Dockers before joining Carlton on a three-year deal this season.

"I didn't realize how big Carlton was until the season really started," said the West Perth product.

"In games I get a little distracted by that kind of thing, and during the week.

"I just go back to what I've done in the past and focus on what I bring in each week and try to make it really simple for myself."

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