AFL 2024; Melbourne captain Max Gawn needs to rally flat teammates

Melbourne captain Max Gawn has described his team’s two defeats in the past three weeks as the club’s worst performances in five years, saying his job now is to “highlight” some of the problems plaguing his side .

But the six-time Australian said he and his teammates couldn’t be caught dwelling too long on the Alice Springs disaster because that would only serve to give Collingwood an “advantage” ahead of next Monday’s King’s Birthday clash .

Gawn remained “pretty flat” in the aftermath of Fremantle’s 92-point success on Sunday, which came two weeks after they lost by 35 points to AFL battlers West Coast in Perth.

Although there was a 38-point win over St Kilda between the two humiliating defeats, Gawn admitted there was no way to hide the fact his team needed to improve significantly ahead of next Monday’s clash with the Magpies at the MCG.

“We were crushed in the race, crushed in the clearing… we were just crushed to the ground,” Gawn said in the aftermath of the defeat.

“The year has been full of flows, but in two weeks out of two of the last three weeks we have probably recorded our worst performance in five years.

“The glass half full approach is there’s so much time left in the year. We are not sure of our position, but we are quite close to the top eight and have a good chance of recovering.

“The glass half empty, which is where I’m at right now, is getting pretty flat.”

Gawn said there were clear “behaviors” from players on the field that needed to be addressed, and as captain he would take responsibility for doing so to ensure there was a rapid focus on being better.

“I’ll transition into that mode pretty quickly,” he said.

“Footy turns very quickly and if you think about this game for too long, you’re already giving that advantage to Collingwood. I’ve got to make sure I highlight some of the behavior that we don’t want on the pitch and try to correct that and put a lot of emphasis on a game that a lot of Melbourne fans watch and the whole country watches.

“I’m not excited to see him again, but what he learns will help us next week.”

Melbourne dropped to 10th after the defeat, level on points with the Magpies ahead of next week’s clash.

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