Carlton forward Jeff Garlett admits the competition for crumbs has often left him and Eddie Betts in each other's way, an issue that needs to be addressed against Sydney.
Garlett is Carlton's leading goal kicker with 43 so far this year.
He booted two goals in the win against Richmond last Sunday and Betts kicked three.
Garlett said the presence of two potent forwards inside 50m was an advantage for their teammates but often he and Betts competed for the same ball.
"We all want to play the same role and do the same things as each other but when we play as a team everything is better," Garlett said.
"When we get the ball in our 50 we want to make a good contest.
"If they can't mark it, we'll be front and centre. That's a small forward's role.
"We play a very important role for our team, as every other small forward does in the opposition.
"To play the small crumbing role, you have to get at their feet, work up and down, so it's a pretty tough gig but you have to work as hard as you can."
Betts and Garlett were held scoreless against Sydney in round 14, but atrocious weather didn't help their cause.
Their importance to the team is reflected by their statistics.
Garlett has kicked 31 of his 44 goals in wins, while 15 of Betts' 25 majors have come in victories.
Garlett has performed well since spending a week in the VFL for disciplinary reasons after not attending a match while injured.
He said it was clear that he owed his teammates.
"I had to train hard and go back to the reserves to play the game and try to get back," Garlett said.
"I just have to work hard and do the right thing by the club."It's an awesome feeling to live another day. It could have been anyone that had that ninth spot (a finals berth after Essendon were ruled out over the supplements scandal) and we were lucky enough to get there."