Melbourne’s collapse to Western Bulldogs leaves Matthew Lloyd ‘very worried’ about PM hopes


Essendon great Matthew Lloyd says he is set to end Melbourne Premiership’s chances after a disappointing collapse against the Bulldogs.

Despite leading by 27 points, Melbourne were overtaken in the final quarter, with the Bulldogs scoring five of the game’s final six goals.

Speaking on Nine’s AFL Sunday Football ShowLloyd highlighted a number of instances where Melbourne players trailed behind defensively last term.

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“Melbourne have now lost five of their last eight, I’m very worried about them, I have been for weeks,” he said.

“It’s the little things that they did well last year and they’re not doing well right now.

“I think they’re gone and they’re not doing it well enough and that’s why Geelong are on top and flying… and Melbourne aren’t.

“For me, that’s why teams don’t follow each other, you don’t do things well enough, you get ahead, some guys get comfortable.

“On the pitch they don’t do things as well (like last year).”

One of the example footage used by Lloyd showed last year’s top goal kicker Bayley Fritsch not following his man on a transition play, resulting in a set piece for Jamarra Ugle-Hagan.

“Bayley Fritsch is cheating,” he said.

“You have to get ahead of your man when the opposition wins the football. He doesn’t really want to go (and says) ‘Oh, I have to go now’, so Buku Khamis taps the ball, another player has to come. How much Salem does he want to defend this ball here?”

Another example showed star midfielder Angus Brayshaw failing to defend in a play that resulted in a late goal to Riley Garcia that gave the Bulldogs the lead.

“Look at Brayshaw, he only cares about winning a handball reception, that’s how he plays, you wonder why Garcia scores a goal late in the game,” Lloyd said.

“The ball is in dispute, you have to have your man, you have to be defensive, he wasn’t, and Garcia goes and hits the goal.”

Despite the loss, Melbourne still remain second on the ladder, but now trail ladder leaders Geelong by a full game.

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