Melbourne legend Garry Lyon has slammed the Demons for their efforts in the third quarter of their 18-point loss to Essendon on Friday night.
The Demons were outscored seven goals to two in the term, although the Bombers at one stage booted eight goals in a row across the second and third quarters to turn a 13-point deficit into a 33-point advantage.
Lyon referenced a half-time interview from midfielder Angus Brayshaw, suggesting the Dees got ahead of themselves before the game was won.
“It’s embarrassing what’s happened,” Lyon told AFL Nation on Friday night.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Essendon, but I can’t help but think they went in at half-time Melbourne and patted themselves on the back.
“Angus Brayshaw gave the interview and said we can beat anyone when we play like that. They’ve come out here and had an insipid 25 minutes.
“You can’t help but think a very cocky Melbourne at half-time are thinking are we going to get smashed, we’re going to go 0-3, we’re not going to make finals.”
The Demons are now 0-3 to start the season, after making the preliminary final last year.