Demons please Goodwin in AFL win over Dogs

It might have just been a pre-season match, but Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin was still delighted with the Demons’ six-point win over the Western Bulldogs.

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In Goodwin’s first game since taking over from Paul Roos, his side impressed in the windy conditions at Whitten Oval, defeating a Dogs side containing 15 premiership players 0.14.8 (92) to 2.9.14 (86).

“It’s just a pre-season game and we understand that we’re probably four weeks ahead (of them) in our training and preparation,” Goodwin said.

“But I thought we played some really good footy at times.

“I think it was a starting point … we’re well on the way to teaching them the right way to play, but they’ve still got a lot of improving to do.”

In his first game since signing a two-year contract extension, Jesse Hogan was the most damaging forward on the ground, kicking four goals.

“He’s just a great target … I just loved the way he jumped at the ball today,” Goodwin said.

“I think when the ball came into his area he had a real presence about him.

“He marked a few and kicked a couple of goals. He’s had a great summer and I thought today was a good reward for that.”

The Demons led at every change and were well-served by former Hawthorn premiership star Jordan Lewis, who finished with a game-high 28 possessions.

“It was good … by his own admission he probably struggled to settle into the game early, but once he did I thought his direction out there was very good,” Goodwin said of the 264-game veteran.

Co-captains Jack Viney (22 disposals) and Nathan Jones (21) were also important through the middle, as was Bernie Vince (26).

It wasn’t all good news for Melbourne, Josh Wagner suffering a dislocated fibula, with scans required to determine the severity of the injury.