Fresh questions person been raised implicit Hawthorn's coaching succession program aft an undermanned Hawks broadside pulled disconnected a singular gully against the AFL's ladder-leaders.
Despite missing astir of its first-choice backline, the Hawks secured a 12. 7. (79) to 11. 13. (79) gully with Melbourne astatine the MCG aft seasoned Luke Breust tied the scores with a extremity wrong the last minute.
After being smacked by 62 points past week successful the archetypal lucifer since the nine announced that Alastair Clarkson would beryllium leaving astatine the extremity of adjacent season, the four-time premiership victor was capable to mastermind a overmuch much affirmative effect this week.
The undermanned Hawks' show caused Bulldogs large Brad Johnson to question precisely wherefore the nine was getting escaped of a manager "at the apical of his game".
"You're getting escaped of a manager that tin manufacture and motivate inactive and that's critical," Johnson told Fox Footy.
"What we saw again contiguous was an Alastair Clarkson that is wholly successful connected Hawthorn and wherever their absorption needs to go.
"He's not going to driblet distant from that, he's a arrogant performer anyhow successful presumption of coaching. He manufactured contiguous thing that I don't deliberation excessively galore different coaches would've been capable to achieve.
"You're getting escaped of a feline that's astatine the apical of his crippled erstwhile he's doing this with the squad that helium had tonight."
After Johnson's co-panellist, Hawthorn large Jordan Lewis, suggested that the players drove the result, the Dogs large re-iterated the coach's relation successful the result.
"You've got to merchantability the communicative astatine the commencement of the week and I deliberation that's what the manager does, helium creates the communicative astir however we're going to bash this," helium said.
"Terry Wallace utilized to bash it each the time, large games similar that, ngo impossible. How are we going to bash it? How are we going to bash things otherwise to marque the absorption second-guess?
"It is up to the players to execute, nary question, and past they physique assurance passim that."
Hawthorn's efforts were led by 2018 Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell, who continued his sensational play with 39 disposals and a goal, portion Breust kicked 3 goals.
Melbourne was led by the midfield duo of Christian Petracca and Clayton Oliver who collected 34 and 33 disposals, respectively, portion Bayley Fritsch added 3 goals.
The gully wasn't each antagonistic for the Demons, with Simon Goodwin's broadside taking a two-point pb implicit the Western Bulldogs astatine the apical of the ladder with the result.
Melbourne volition anticipation to prime up a triumph against the Gold Coast successful Round 19, portion Hawthorn is acceptable to look the Brisbane Lions.
The determination and commencement clip for each 9 games to beryllium played adjacent week are yet to beryllium determined owed to the uncertainty astir COVID-19 borderline restrictions successful aggregate states.