After some sustained and solid improvement from Melbourne, the dodgy Demons have returned.
A week after Melbourne’s great last quarter against GWS, coach Paul Roos said several factors contributed to their upset 13-point AFL loss to Essendon on Saturday at the MCG.
He said the coaching staff needed to shoulder the blame for selections, while noting some players looked tired and others clearly took Essendon too lightly.
But overall, Melbourne fans will lament this as yet another damning sign that their developing team has a long way to go.
Roos said the easier problem to identify on Saturday was that players like Jack Viney, Jesse Hogan and James Harmes looked tired after several solid weeks.
But more worrying was that Melbourne did not respect the Bombers enough.
“A team is made up of 22 individuals and every individual within that team needs to prepare himself well and needs to present well every single week,” Roos said.
“Today we didn’t have enough individuals so that does make me angry – it makes me angry for the supporters.”
And Roos admitted the makeup of the team was wrong.
Heritier Lumumba made a solid return from injury but Angus Brayshaw looked short of a run as he also came back into the team.
“Its hard off the back of a win to make too many changes but I don’t think we picked the right team today,” Roos admitted.
But perhaps most worryingly of all, Roos said it is often hard to see when a bad game is coming for the Demons.
“You tend to come out the next week and it has no bearing on following week – so we need to identify why the lack of consistency and why those games tend to happen,” he said.