PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jordan Lewis of the Demons leave the field after the teams defeat during the AFL Prelimary Final match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons on September 22, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Melbourne legend Garry Lyon says the Demons let the occasion of Saturday’s Preliminary Final get to their heads as they were smashed by West Coast.

West Coast kicked 10 goals to the Demons’ none in the first half to have the game over by half time and speaking on SEN, Lyon said the Demons could not handle the pressure.

“I sat there stunned,” Lyon said.

“West Coast, well done to them, they were clinical and magnificent.

“It’s unfair on West Coast, I don’t know how good they were because Melbourne were so damn bad, so damn bad.

“They didn’t handle the occasion in my humble opinion in any way shape or form.

“The occasion got to them. You can’t play in the manner they did, and this is taking nothing from West Coast, they handballed like an under 12s side, they handballed like Tony Jones on the Sunday Footy Show.

“I’ve not seen handballing like it and you can only put that down to the occasion.

“It was one of those things where you sat there as a supporter, whether you barrack for Melbourne or not, you sat there in shock.

“It was over probably five minutes into the second quarter. 29 points is a disaster, but if Melbourne were to kick the first two-three goals maybe they could get back in.”

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Melbourne showed a little more fight after half time, but still went down by 66 points.