Demons to keep faith in wayward forwards
Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin will remain confident in his team’s failed forward line for at least another week, despite the Demons’ recent scoring woes.
Since making a stunning 11-1 start to the season, the Demons have won just two of their past six games in a rut that has put their top-four hopes on the line.
Their average score over that period has fallen to 69 points per game, but just as worrisome is their woeful goal kick accuracy.
Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin (right) will maintain confidence in his team’s failed forward line for at least another week, despite the Demons’ recent scoring woes
The Demons have scored 57.74 in the last six games – the worst figure in the league over that period.
Goodwin says his players have been doing extra goalkeeper training this week in an effort to repair the recent rot.
And he’s backing his team’s attack — featuring the big strikers Ben Brown, Luke Jackson and Tom McDonald — to get their mojo back.
“We’re happy with our move forward in terms of how they’re starting to work together,” Goodwin said when asked if he would consider giving Sam Weideman a recall.
“We’ll be consistent with that for the next week or so and give them every opportunity to continue building that required coherence.
“We are generating shots and generating a front half that I think over the next four weeks will show they have the consistency and talent to kick winning scores.
“I have a lot of confidence in our front half.
“I think they have enough talent there, and I think they’re going to get a winning score for us.”
Goodwin said improving the team’s goal-kicking accuracy is a priority.
“Some of the quality of our shots isn’t where it needs to be, in terms of where we take them on the ground,” Goodwin said.
“So we’re working on our method of getting better photos, but we need to improve our accuracy… It’s something we’re not ignoring.”
Jackson has scored just one goal in the last four games.
The 19-year-old ruck/forward has averaged only nine disposals and 10 hits per game during that period.
Goodwin said statistics alone don’t tell the story of Jackson’s worth to the demons.
“People can be pretty hard on Jacko,” Goodwin said.
“He’s not a big possessor. He gives Max enormous support in the ruck and is a real disruptor in competition areas.
“He doesn’t need high possessions to make a big impact in the game.”
Goodwin believed his team’s clash with Gold Coast will be held at Metricon Stadium on Saturday, with the AFL yet to officially confirm the location.