Photo: Melbourne FC

Coming off the draw to the Hawks on Saturday night, the Demons belief hasn't gone down by any means as the clash with the Dogs draws near.

The belief at the Melbourne Football Club is still growing despite a draw to the 17th placed Hawks, the fourth lower ranked team the Demons have lost or drawn to for the season.

Coach Simon Goodwin fronted the media today ahead of the sides clash against the Western Bulldogs in a top of the ladder clash, which is something that the Demons are looking forward.

The match was pushed forward, initially scheduled to be played in Round 20. Melbourne is now playing the Gold Coast Suns in next weekend’s match instead.

“We certainly knew pretty early on that we’re playing the Bulldogs,” Goodwin said.

“We’re looking forward to it as a footy club. [It’s] two teams at the pointy end of the ladder and it’s going to be a great game.

“These are the types of games you look forward to as a footy club and we can’t wait to get back to our best.”

Melbourne and the Bulldogs doing battle earlier in the 2021 season. (Photo: Melbourne FC)

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The draw to the Hawks didn’t deter any belief within at the Demons, and the club still believes that they can go deep into September.

“Our belief hasn’t taken a knock one bit, we sit in a really good position as a footy club,” Goodwin said.

“We’ve got some enormous belief as a footy club. We know that it has stacked up against some really good teams and we want to prove again that it does stack up.

“We know that all phases of our game to be in check to do that and that’s something we’re really looking forward to on Saturday.”

Melbourne has lost to three teams outside the top and drawn against one but for Goodwin, he’s still focusing on the play of his own team, and not that of the opponent.

“You don’t sit on top of the ladder having a mental problem,” he said.

“I look at how we play from week to week and what we continue to build. This is a really tough competition, and [we] want to continue to build… it stacks up week after week after week after week. If you do that well enough you end up in the position you want to end up in.

“So I’m not to fussed in who we play, I’m more interested in how we play. That’s the challenge for us to do that week after week.

“We’re going to be challenged in lots of games, lots of situations and it’s how we go about our footy that will determine where we end up at the end of the season.”

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