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Row between Dees defenders a ‘healthy’ sign, says Goodwin

“I’m up for that and making sure there’s high accountability in the back half of the ground. They’re fine. They’re good teammates, they get on well and they’re two very competitive, proud players.”

Goodwin also said ruckman Max Gawn was “fine” and should line up next week against Carlton, after the star ruckman rolled an ankle early in the second quarter.

Gawn was clearly hampered, and finished the game on the bench as a precaution.

“He’s going to be fine. Clearly it was a concern through the game, he probably couldn’t do the things we wanted him to do,” Goodwin said.

“So we played him forward at times, but once the game was done, we pulled him off and we’ll just try to get him right for next week.”

A hobbling Gawn didn’t help Melbourne at the stoppages, where Lions skipper Dayne Zorko and centreman Lachie Neale took control, collecting 20 clearances between them, beating the Demons’ vaunted inside midfield brigade.

Tempers flare: Demons Max Gawn and Jayden Hunt exchange words with Lion Lincoln McCarthy.

Tempers flare: Demons Max Gawn and Jayden Hunt exchange words with Lion Lincoln McCarthy.Credit:AAP

“It’s an area I know our boys will respond in, but ultimately, that’s our strength, and that was taken away, and that’s full credit to Brisbane,” Goodwin said.

Melbourne skipper Todd Viney, he said, “probably lowered his colours to Neale. But Viney’s a very proud man, he’s our skipper, and he’ll respond next week.

“In the end it was a territory-based game, and we just gave uptoo much territory. We were relying on back-half scores, which is always an unhealthy way to play.’’

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Lions coach Chris Fagan said he was disappointed with his team at half-time because while they had beaten them at their own contested-ball game, they had been unable to finish off their work.

“It was a bit frustrating. I said to the players at half-time, all the things you need to do, you’re doing, so keep doing them and hopefully things will turn for us,” he said.

“They did in the second half and we ended up getting the reward on the scoreboard. I thought our blokes persisted pretty well.

“It was a high pressure, intense sort of game, which it always is against Melbourne, they want to get you into that contested ball environment because they believe that’s where they play their best footy.

“We’ve worked hard as a footy club to become comfortable in that environment ourselves and that was a good test. That’s the most pleasing thing. We were able to beat a fantastic contested ball team at their own game.”

Of Eric Hipwood, who kicked his 100th career goal, he said: “Eric just hit a purple patch … he was the beneficiary of some great team work but his finishing was extraordinary.

“All sorts of different goals he had to kick, so well done to him. I’m glad he kicked straight because a few others didn’t, so he made up for that.”

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