MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Melbourne players look dejected after a loss during the 2016 AFL Round 17 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium on July 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Schawarz slams ‘ridiculous’ Melbourne

Former Melbourne star David Schwarz has blasted the Demons’ poor record at Etihad Stadium after their disappointing loss to St Kilda on Sunday.

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Melbourne led by 17 points at quarter-time after a six goal to three opening term.

However, from there it was all one way traffic, as the Saints booted 12 goals to five for the remainder of the match, to record a 36-point win.

Melbourne has now managed just one win in their last 24 matches at Etihad Stadium and Schwarz said the record is simply “ridiculous”.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Melbourne players look dejected after a loss during the 2016 AFL Round 17 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium on July 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 17: Melbourne players look dejected after a loss during the 2016 AFL Round 17 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium on July 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

“How can a side be so bad at Etihad?” Schwarz said on SEN radio Monday morning.

“It is one out of 24, that is crap, that is mental now, that is ridiculous and as Melbourne supporters we shouldn’t be putting up with it, it is a joke.

“So what (it’s a fast track)? Melbourne aren’t slow.

“Of course I’m frustrated.

“You watch this side play and they’re good at times but fair dinkum, how do they go from 17 points up to not kicking a goal in the second quarter.

“As Melbourne people as soon as we see Etihad close the door and look out because that is one place we cannot win at.

“It probably says where we’re at, and it’s disappointing, Melbourne people thought they’d be a lot better than they are and they clearly are not.”

The Demons’ chances of an unlikely finals birth now appear over, with Paul Roos’ side sitting in 11th spot, three wins outside the top eight.

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