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Hawks celebrate then focus on Blues in AFL

Novice Hawthorn coach Sam Mitchell is giving his AFL club just 24 hours to celebrate.

Then, he says, they’ll turn their attention to Carlton and next Sunday’s clash which looms as a throwback to the glory days of the two former heavyweights.

Both the Hawks and the Blues are undefeated ahead of their MCG encounter.

Both clubs have first-year coaches in Mitchell and Michael Voss.

And both clubs could barely have been more impressive in their consecutive wins to start their fresh seasons.

The Hawks stunned Port Adelaide by 64 points on Saturday night, following their season-opening 20-point win against North Melbourne.

And Carlton on Thursday night downed last year’s beaten grand finalists, the Western Bulldogs, by 12 points, after defeating Richmond by 25 in round one.

Mitchell has given his players and staffers 24 hours to savour their away against Port.

“You don’t win too often in Adelaide, this is a tough place to win,” he said post-match.

“And then quickly after that (24 hours), we will turn our eyes forward to Carlton.

“They (Carlton) have been brilliant.

“I have actually been to watch both of their games so far and have walked away very impressed with their organisation.

“Clearly, they have got some top-end talent but their system that Vossy has got them playing looks really strong and they’re going to be a difficult opponent.”

Mitchell has an injury worry ahead with influential forward Chad Wingard substituted at halftime in the win against Port due to a hamstring strain.

Wingard was hurt during a victory which Mitchell said was an outlier for key statistics.

The Power had 73 more disposals, a dozen more inside 50s, more marks, more tackles and a whopping 25 more clearances than Mitchell’s side.

“Minus 25 clearances – I am not that happens too often and then have a strong win,” Mitchell said.

“That’s not a sustainable way to play.

“We come up against Carlton this week and everyone is watching them and their stoppage work and thinking that they’re close to the benchmark very early in the season.

“We recognise that our stoppage and contested play in the middle of the ground in particular, we have got some work to do.”

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