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Demons can expect sharp focus

By Guy Hand 14/04/2011 02:53:42 PM Comments (0)

After two weeks in the AFL glare, few will now be staring at the Suns.

Instead it is new club Gold Coast's opponents who face close scrutiny over the next few weeks.

The prospect of losing the unlosable game, or even being the first team pushed by a new club which hasn't got within 12 goals of their opposition yet, is perhaps the main sport in watching Gold Coast matches.

So Melbourne, who have started the season in rickety fashion, can expect the competition's magnifying glass when they tackle the Suns at the Gabba on Sunday.

Coach Dean Bailey has warned the Demons must find the consistency that has eluded them so far in 2011 to avoid any potential banana skin.

"We're a little bit up and down with how we've played," Bailey said.

"We're after 120 minutes of competitive footy.

"We've got to get our game going, we've got to get our level of attack on the footy and intensity back to where it should be, and we haven't hit that level yet in any consistent form."

Melbourne have had a win and a draw from their three games and made hard work of getting all four points in edging out struggling Brisbane last weekend.

The Demons also go into the Gold Coast match after a tough week.

In-form midfielder Brent Moloney had to be disciplined because of a boozy night out and there was a setback for injured young star Tom Scully.

Bailey is confident Scully will play a significant role in his side's season despite being sidelined for a further six weeks with his knee injury.

While June appears the most likely resumption date for the 19-year-old midfielder, the Demons are confident his season will not be written off altogether.

"Everything that can be done is being done to ensure his treatment is first-class. He's walking around pretty well so we've got to have our positive hat on about it," Bailey said.

"I look at these things and say our medicos are all over it ... and I expect him to come back (this season).

"He's the sort of young man when he does come back, he'll be cherry ripe to play. It won't take him long to find his form again."

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