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Tom McDonald says Demons 'deserved' boos after AFL loss to Giants

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Callan Ward of the Giants competes for the ball against Tom McDonald.

Callan Ward of the Giants competes for the ball against Tom McDonald. Photo: Getty Images

MELBOURNE A desolate Tom McDonald was at a loss to explain Melbourne's miserable loss to GWS and fears his AFL side may undo the gains made earlier this season.

McDonald has played in 47 losses with Melbourne but "couldn't picture a worst feeling coming off a game" than that which lurched in the pit of his stomach at the MCG on Sunday.

The Demons were booed off the ground by long-suffering fans who watched them crumble to a 64-point defeat against GWS, who had one fit man on the bench during the whole second half.

"We deserved it. They have every right to boo a performance like that," McDonald told AAP.

"They beat us comprehensively.

"It just makes you wonder what the mindset of the group going in was - and I'm not absolved from any of this. I'm not trying to shift blame."

Pitted against a fellow bottom-four side looking to avoid the wooden spoon, Sunday was the perfect time for the Demons to shine.

Instead Melbourne put in their worst performance under Paul Roos, who had previously instilled a competitive streak that led to wins over Carlton, Adelaide, Richmond and Essendon.

"To finish the way we have, it has undone all the good work we did at the start of the season," McDonald said of the club's eighth loss in a row.

"If it keeps going this way, it just means we will start from further back than we did last pre-season.

"I thought earlier in the year we really were standing for something and we were starting to become united as a group.

"It hasn't lived on in the second half of the season. At the moment we don't stand for much really."

McDonald said Roos was calm while addressing the Demons at three-quarter time but "couldn't believe the effort wasn't there".

"He's probably got the same questions as we (players) do," the 21-year-old said.

"Where was the fire in the belly to go and win after quarter-time? Why has it happened? Why have they given up on the season?"

AAP 

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