05/03/2024

Simon Goodwin believes his side are fully focused to take on Geelong tomorrow night (Photo - Melbourne Demons)

Melbourne Demons coach Simon Goodwin has backed in his side to shake its recent form slump this weekend over the Suns.

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has defended his side after criticism for being unable to compete with the top teams.

The Demons have suffered a recent form slump, but Goodwin is confident his side can turn it around in this weekend’s clash against the Gold Coast Suns.

“We want to keep getting better we don’t want to ignore that situation [form in the past month],” he told media on Wednesday.

“We want capitalise of the defensive elements we play in our game and we want to score more.

“But at the same time we feel confident that if our DNA is strong then we can score more than our opposition.”

Melbourne have won just one of its past four games in addition to being the most inaccurate side kicking for goal of the competition in the past six weeks.

With the inaccuracy a major talking point, Goodwin says the side have continually worked on their goal kicking throughout the season and agreed it’s something that needs to be improved.

“We’ve been working incredibly hard, we have all year and for a number of years,” he said.

“Our forwards always do a power of work in that space, some of the quality of our shots isn’t where it needs to be at the moment in terms of where we are taking them on the ground.

“We’ll work on our method to get better shots but we do need to prove our inaccuracies there’s no doubt about that.”

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Goodwin also defended his forwards defensive work. He knocked back the criticism towards the lack of pressure and use of three key forwards.

“We’ve played with different models throughout the year, and its really been a model of three talls vs two talls,” he said.

“We’ve played with three and to be quiet honest our pressure inside forward 50 hasn’t changed much with either model.

“I am confident that we are generating more shots and generating a forward half that will in the next four weeks show they’ve got the cohesiveness and the talent to kick winning scores.”

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Goodwin also said the Demons needed to change things in the coming weeks with concerns of becoming predictable to play against.

“I think every team would love to go through the year winning every game of footy, that’s not gonna happen.

“What we need to to do is adapt our game and keep finding a way to get better and finding our best footy at the right time.

“That’s why I am happy with how our method looks but we need to do it a little bit better, we need to maximise the areas that we’re good at and capitalise.”

The coach also highlighted a possible of return of veteran Nathan Jones to the side in the next couple of weeks as he recovers from a calf injury.

“He’s [Jones] has played only half a game of footy in a scrimmage type game, so he needs another full game of footy…so we are looking forward to getting him back.

“He’s looked sharp at training and he’s done a great job with his rehab, getting back to playing his best footy and then he’ll be available for selection.”

Melbourne play Gold Coast on Saturday at 3:10 pm, venue TBC.

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