Melbourne Demons win streak, will take Mason Cox preliminary final dominance to beat them, longest ever winning streak, defeated St Kilda Saints, all-time record

The gap between Melbourne and the rest of the competition is “significant,” and it’ll take a Mason Cox 2018 Preliminary Final-like “out of the box” performance to defeat Simon Goodwin’s side in the post-season, according to Roos legend David King.

A 38-point win over St Kilda on Sunday saw the Demons continue their unbeaten start to the season to sit on top of the ladder. It also extended their overall winning streak to 15 games — the longest run since St Kilda’s 18-straight wins in 2009.

Speaking on Fox Footy’s first crack, King said he thinks Melbourne is going to be “dominant top of the table” this year, calling for rivals to try something “totally different” in an attempt to beat it.

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And the dual premiership Kangaroo named a quartet of Demons — Christian Petracca, Clayton Oliver, Max Gawn and Steven May — as four of the top five players in the AFL right now along with Blues superstar Patrick Cripps.

“I still don’t think they were near their best today… but their system is so strong, and it’s built on a work ethic that’s either offence or defense,” King said of the Demons.

“It’s instantaneous, there’s no delay, there’s no lag. They don’t sit back and overthink the game, it happens immediately. They charge forward, or they charge back, it’s at 100 per cent rat power.

“I think they’re a team that will probably lose maximum two to three games for the year, and it’d have to be something peculiar on preliminary final night to happen — like a Mason Cox lighting up and kicking goals against an Alex Rance type — that sort of occasion to beat them, that sort of one out of the box.

“They’re still ninth in possession of the footy (key stats), they’re still not humming, and seventh without it — they were No. 1 last year by a margin. So there’s so much scope for improvement that I just think this is scary.”

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King pointed to vision after the opening bounce of the team’s clash with St Kilda where Gawn and Oliver worked back defensively before spreading forward when the Demons won the ball, the former providing a target inside 50.

“It creates holes everywhere. Max is hitting full forward, the opposition ruckman is nowhere to be seen,” the North Melbourne great said.

King then singled out another clip of Alex Neal-Bullen, Charlie Spargo and Petracca pushing from a stoppage at half back all the way into attack, leading to a mark from the latter inside 50.

“It highlights the mindset of these guys…. this is the difference. St Kilda is a seriously good team — and I still think they’ll challenge for top four — but they don’t commit like this, not both ways,” he said.

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