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Tuesday, 9 April 2019

'It feels like the club's at ground zero'


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Melbourne veteran Jordan Lewis has revealed the details behind the Demons' player review following the Round 3 loss to Essendon.

The Demons came into the season as one of the flag favourites but have been extremely disappointing in the opening three weeks and held an honest review following the loss.

Speaking on AFL 360, Lewis suggested that while the review wasn't "nice", it was a necessary process in getting the club out of its current 0-3 hole.

"I think it's a huge step forward," Lewis said.

Jordan Lewis

"It feels like, from a playing point of view, the club's at ground zero. it feels like it's just been really hard and unpredictable, but the environment at the club is certainly not that way.

"We've also got to understand that our performance is what will drive the culture at the club forward."

The Demons have missed the veteran presence of Lewis as well as defensive lynchpins Jake Lever and Steven May for the bulk of the season, and the 307-game veteran suggested that selfish habits had leaked into the club after the rough start.

"The players now understand that if we are to move forward you cannot just do it by yourself," he said.

Steven May

"You have to do it with your teammates and buy into the team and understand defence and offence you have to work as a team. That's what we've got to do this weekend.

"When you're not going well, players try to do everything they possibly can to help the team and then some players have just got to understand that you can't do it by yourself and you need everyone else to help."

The Demons have copped criticism from all parts of the football world following the poor start, and Lewis said players had to be honest with themselves.

"I suppose when you're 0-3 the review's not going to go nice," he said.

Melbourne Demons

"We had to review the game as it sat and it was really honest which all reviews are.

"The beauty about football clubs is we have a full dissect of the games. It's not as if we get in on the Sunday and the coaches shelve the stuff that isn't good. All players get shown that stuff.

"It's reality, if you play well and you buy into it defensively and offensively, that stuff doesn't get said.

"If players aren't honest with themselves, that may hurt them. But players at the club right now understand what's required."

Melbourne veteran Jordan Lewis has revealed the details behind the Demons' player review following the Round 3 loss to Essendon.

The Demons came into the season as one of the flag favourites but have been extremely disappointing in the opening three weeks and held an honest review following the loss.

Speaking on AFL 360, Lewis suggested that while the review wasn't "nice", it was a necessary process in getting the club out of its current 0-3 hole.

"I think it's a huge step forward," Lewis said.

Jordan Lewis

"It feels like, from a playing point of view, the club's at ground zero. it feels like it's just been really hard and unpredictable, but the environment at the club is certainly not that way.

"We've also got to understand that our performance is what will drive the culture at the club forward."

The Demons have missed the veteran presence of Lewis as well as defensive lynchpins Jake Lever and Steven May for the bulk of the season, and the 307-game veteran suggested that selfish habits had leaked into the club after the rough start.

"The players now understand that if we are to move forward you cannot just do it by yourself," he said.

Steven May

"You have to do it with your teammates and buy into the team and understand defence and offence you have to work as a team. That's what we've got to do this weekend.

"When you're not going well, players try to do everything they possibly can to help the team and then some players have just got to understand that you can't do it by yourself and you need everyone else to help."

The Demons have copped criticism from all parts of the football world following the poor start, and Lewis said players had to be honest with themselves.

"I suppose when you're 0-3 the review's not going to go nice," he said.

Melbourne Demons

"We had to review the game as it sat and it was really honest which all reviews are.

"The beauty about football clubs is we have a full dissect of the games. It's not as if we get in on the Sunday and the coaches shelve the stuff that isn't good. All players get shown that stuff.

"It's reality, if you play well and you buy into it defensively and offensively, that stuff doesn't get said.

"If players aren't honest with themselves, that may hurt them. But players at the club right now understand what's required."

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