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Friday, 5 April 2019

Demons defensive shortcomings laid bare


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Former Kangaroos premiership player David King has identified Melbourne's defensive duo Oscar McDonald and Sam Frost as the side's Achilles heel after another loss.

The Demons' defence has been leaky in all three games this season, conceding scores of 87, 126 and 130 and has struggled in the absence of high-profile recruits Jake Lever and Steven May.

Following the loss to Essendon which dropped the Demons to 0-3 on the season, King identified where the side is falling short.

"Frost and McDonald they just can't get the job done. They bled too easily tonight," he told Fox Footy.

Sam Frost

"53 Inside 50s, 20 goals against that's just way too much. 16 marks inside 50. It's almost premiership kryptonite with those two.

"You need someone who's a bit more trustworthy and a bit more steady across that half-back line. They don't seem to take many intercept marks, nor can they defend as you'd expect."

King's belief that Frost and McDonald couldn't cut it for the Demons was supported by Saints legend Nick Riewoldt who said the Demons were "not a top four team with those two boys in the key posts".

The Demons' task gets no easier in Round 4 with a date against the resurgent Sydney Swans up next Thursday night at the SCG.

Former Kangaroos premiership player David King has identified Melbourne's defensive duo Oscar McDonald and Sam Frost as the side's Achilles heel after another loss.

The Demons' defence has been leaky in all three games this season, conceding scores of 87, 126 and 130 and has struggled in the absence of high-profile recruits Jake Lever and Steven May.

Following the loss to Essendon which dropped the Demons to 0-3 on the season, King identified where the side is falling short.

"Frost and McDonald they just can't get the job done. They bled too easily tonight," he told Fox Footy.

Sam Frost

"53 Inside 50s, 20 goals against that's just way too much. 16 marks inside 50. It's almost premiership kryptonite with those two.

"You need someone who's a bit more trustworthy and a bit more steady across that half-back line. They don't seem to take many intercept marks, nor can they defend as you'd expect."

King's belief that Frost and McDonald couldn't cut it for the Demons was supported by Saints legend Nick Riewoldt who said the Demons were "not a top four team with those two boys in the key posts".

The Demons' task gets no easier in Round 4 with a date against the resurgent Sydney Swans up next Thursday night at the SCG.

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