AFL Demons must regain defensive hunger

Jason Phelan

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has dismissed the notion his players got ahead of themselves, triggering a three-game losing slide.

The Demons were lauded as a premiership contender as they rampaged to six wins on the trot through the middle part of the season before they went off the boil.

"I don't buy into that," Goodwin replied when asked about the perception his players are prone to reading their own good press. "We're evolving as a team and continuing to improve."