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Demons coach 'has great game plan'

By Robert Grant 01/05/2008 02:20:20 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne just can't help themselves - it's those bad habits. At least that's what ruckman Jeff White says the problem is.

The Demons are still grappling with new coach Dean Bailey's game plan as their AFL season rapidly heads south.

"The most important thing for us is to minimise our skill errors, get this great game plan that Dean's got in place (working) and get some confidence from that," White said.

"It's a really, really good exciting game plan, but we've just got to get it right."

He said players were still trying to shake off the strategies engineered by former coach Neale Daniher and it was taking longer than anticipated.

"You can get all the training techniques and all the game styles right out on the track but once you get out on the park you tend to go back to your bad habits," White said.

"I think that's what's happening but we're excited about learning a new style ... so hopefully it's not too far away."

With Melbourne the only team yet to taste victory this year, White understood that Demons' supporters were struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

"From people outside it would look that way but from the meetings we're having on the Mondays, we're not far away," he said.

"We made a lot of skill errors the last couple of weeks in the second quarter that cost us six or seven goals against Brisbane and Carlton.

"If we can minimise that a little bit and bring that back to two or three we'll give ourselves and opportunity."

Fremantle, who lost to reigning premier Geelong by just one point last week, will be without injured defenders Roger Hayden and Antoni Grover, while Steven Dodd is also in doubt and tough midfielder Josh Carr is serving a three-game suspension.

"We'll do our homework on Freo, they played really well the last two weeks against two quality sides and they'll be out to fire up," said White.

"They've played really well the last few years at the `G."

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