A easy passage of play has summed up Melbourne’s woes over the previous month, involving premiership stars Bayley Fritsch and Christian Petracca.
Early within the first quarter in opposition to Brisbane on Thursday evening on the MCG, with the Lions wanting ominous, Melbourne appeared all however sure to kick its first aim of the sport.
Fritsch crumbed a marking contest within the ahead 50 for the Dees early, leaving open house between he and the targets.
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Petracca streamed previous Fritsch and was close to the goalsquare, however Fritsch opted to attempt to kick the aim himself as a substitute.
He was chased down by a determined Jack Payne and penalised for dropping the ball.
It left Petracca understandably annoyed and the Dees have been fortunate Joe Daniher missed a set shot on the different finish to make issues worse.
Melbourne’s missed alternative typified a sluggish begin from the aspect, which continued to look out of whack after what was initially an all-conquering begin to the season.