Goodwin says Dees actually improved

The Dees trailed by 24 in contested possessions at quarter-time and narrowed the gap to 18 by the final change, while they had a staggering 72 inside 50s to Geelong’s 48, with the Cats kicking 20.6 to Melbourne’s 6.10.

“From last week to this week we had a lot more players playing better,” Goodwin said.

“We had 72 entries, which is a lot. We need to connect better forward of centre, we need to win more contests ahead of the ball, we need to move the ball in a way that’s going to maximise those entries. Ultimately they maximised all theirs.

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin.

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin.Credit:AAP

“We moved forward a bit this week. The scoreboard didn’t reflect it. And we’re incredibly disappointed to be zero and two, obviously losing by 80 points, but there’s 20 games to go. If we can have 71 entries next week and connect better the scoreboard will look a bit different.


“The scoreboard for us looks terrible. And we’re hurting, as players and as a club. To lose by 80 points is not the way that you want to be. But there are some things that are starting to head in the right direction.”

Goodwin said the Dees would remain positive.

“I think we acknowledge that the scoreboard is nowhere near where we want it to be. To lose by that amount is disappointing. It started right at the start of the game [with contested possession] … but for the rest of the game that was probably a phase of the game that started to pick up. There were probably other areas that let us down for the duration of the game.

“We can either get sad [or] we need to get grumpy and get better.”

May headed down the race in the first half before returning to play but was pulled for the last quarter.

“He’s got a groin [injury],” Goodwin said.

“We’ll have a look at that. He’ll have some scans. We don’t know the extent of it. He’d be doubtful for this week. We’ll have a look at that and see where that lobs on Monday.”




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