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GAME DAY: Essendon v Melbourne from the MCG | 3AW Radio

Emerging star Zach Merrett spoke to 3AW Football on Sunday afternoon.

He said he had felt Melbourne were a bit lacklustre on the field compared to the week before.

He also said triple-premiership player James Kelly had told him it was one of his best wins.

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Essendon captain Brendon Goddard said he was particularly excited for the players who thought their careers were over.

He said it’s what happens next that matters.

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Essendon star David Zaharakis told 3AW Football it was one of the best wins he’s been involved in.

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The Bombers have silenced the doubters, recording a 13-point win.

The Merrett brothers were sensational for the Dons, while David Zaharakis and Joe Daniher had an influence.

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Essendon is showing it’s about who’s on the field, not who’s missing.

The patchwork Dons lead by nine points on the back of some fierce tackling pressure.

Emerging star Zach Merrett is leading the way with 19 touches, five tackles, and two goals. 

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Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell told 3AW Football the Bombers’ solidarity march is a ‘line in the sand’. 

‘We can’t let the last three years define us,’ he said.

‘This is about moving forward.’

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Melbourne coach Paul Roos told 3AW Football the club isn’t used to dealing with the pressure of being ‘favourites’.

He also said Jesse Hogan can be used as a ruck-rover.

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Melbourne enters Round 2 looking for its first 2-0 start since 2005.

But standing in their way Essendon, who will be playing free from the pressure of expectation in 2016.

Keep an eye on mature-age Bomber Michael Hartley, who will make his debut five years after first being drafted by Collingwood.

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TODAY’S LINE-UP from 12PM: Matthew Lloyd, Leigh Matthews, Caroline Wilson, Tim Lane, Tony Leonard, Doc Larkins, and Sam ‘Scoop’ McClure.

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PRE-GAME: 3AW App or click here

MATCH STREAM: AFL app or website

POST-MATCH REVIEW: 3AW App or click here

BELOW: Follow live commentary highlights throughout the weekend.

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