Demons dominate Crows in Alice Springs

Greg Roberts

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin warned his side against complacency soon after the Demons delivered an emphatic message about their premiership credentials in Alice Springs.

Melbourne were rampant in the 91-point hiding, racking up their fifth consecutive win with the 23.8 (146) to 8.7 (55) victory over last season's beaten grand finalists.

It was the first time Melbourne have won back-to-back games by more than 90 points in the club's history, the first time since 1993 that the Demons have won two games in the same season by more than 90 points and also their third victory in a row by more than 10 goals.

For the Crows, the drubbing was their heaviest defeat under coach Don Pyke.

Goodwin is wary about the Demons dropping their guard and expecting their hot form to continue.

"We've played some really good footy over the last four weeks but it potentially hasn't been recognised in a way that today might," he told reporters.

"We can't just sit here and say that form is going to continue.

"This game is about small margins, it is a simple game of footy: if you stick to the formula you stay in form, if you go away from it you drop out of form, at the moment we're doing a great job as a club and our coaches, our players to get those weeks right."

The Dees got off to a flyer, kicking the first five goals of the match after pre-match entertainment celebrated Aboriginal culture including Melbourne's theme song performed in the local Arrente language.

The signs were bad early for Adelaide when the fourth goal, before the 10-minute mark, involved four Melbourne players handballing to each other with barely a Crow in sight.

Eddie Betts notched Adelaide's first goal with a 50-metre kick that brought the strongly pro-Adelaide crowd of nearly 6,989 at Alice Springs's Traeger Park to life, despite it being the Demons' home match.

At three quarter-time, Pyke stood in front of his players for a long period, said nothing and eyeballing them.

"I was trying to engage them and bring them back to the present, to try and get them to actually feel what was going on, I didn't think there was any point at that point ranting and raving at them," he said, while describing the loss as "really disappointing".

"We had a good conversation about what we want to stand for in the last quarter, a small positive was that we at least won the contested possessions in the last quarter."

The Demons dominated in the centre, with Max Gawn beating Sam Jacobs to get first use of the ball to an imposing on-ball brigade including Angus Brayshaw and Jack Viney.

The Crows' afternoon was typified by Josh Jenkins at one stage kicking it straight to a Melbourne player from a free kick after spending a long time choosing where to kick with eyeballs darting.