THE DEMONS have continued their unique winning streak of Friday night, winning their sixth Round 2 game since the league's inception.

Facing Richmond at the Swinburne Centre, Melbourne collected a 16-point win following five unanswered goals in the second quarter. 

Senior coach Mick Stinear said he was particularly happy with the side's performance having been challenged by the home side from the first bounce. 

“Well done to Richmond on the hot start,” Stinear said.

“I was pleased that we kept our nerve, we were under the pump a little.

“[Richmond’s] tackle and pressure game was excellent, and they were finishing their work in front of goal, but I think at the end of that first quarter we started to wrestle it back on our terms and it gave the group a little confidence.

“Then to start the second quarter that way, with Lauren Pearce setting the tone in the middle and then we showed what the group is capable of.

“Richmond were very good tonight, and it was a good challenge, so it was nice to get the win, while still having plenty to work on.”

Melbourne had made five changes heading into the Friday night clash with players sidelined under the AFL’s Health and Safety Protocols.

While Stinear acknowledged the difficulties that clubs have been facing, he insisted that the Dees were prepared for the current ever-changing environment of the league.

“Every team is dealing with their challenges…I think our mentality is that it’s going to take everyone and it’s going to change from week to week,” Stinear said.

“So, our team might not look the same again for the rest of the season, but you’ve just got to grab that opportunity.

“Our staff and players, everyone’s been working hard.

"We’re trying to be aligned and on the same page so it shouldn’t matter who’s coming in and out, there shouldn’t be any excuses for us being able to play our game style.”

Hear more from Stinear post-match below. 

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