AFL 2024: Simon Goodwin won’t ask Kysaiah Pickett to change aggressive ways

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Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin doesn’t feel the need to urge the livewire Kysaiah Pickett to tone down his aggressive play after another nump sure to earn the attention of the match review panel.

Pickett left the ground and made contact with Jake Soligo’s head during the second quarter of the Demons’ Gather Round win over Adelaide and is in danger of missing next week’s game against Brisbane at the MCG.

Last year, Pickett was suspended for two games for a high hit on the Western Bulldogs’ Bailey Smith and one match for bumping Carlton’s Patrick Cripps in the head, the Demons’ star leaving the ground in both incidents.

“Obviously, he was trying to smother a handball … that will be looked at during the week, I’m sure,” Goodwin said.

“But we’ll just wait and see on that.

“He puts enormous pressure on, he tries to intercept the ball, that’s his game.

“He’s modified a lot of what he’s done previously … I don’t see that in his game much at all any more.

“So, tonight is a little bit different … we’ll see how it plays out.

“It was pretty light.”

Soligo was able to take the resulting free kick and played out the game.

The potential to lose Pickett to suspension was one of few negatives for the Demons, who vanquished the Power then the Crows at Adelaide Oval with a five-day turnaround which they spent in the City of Churches.

“I’m really happy and proud of what they’ve been able to do,” the coach said.

“To come to Adelaide to play two really good teams and come away with two wins is a huge effort by our boys.

“To back it up from five days ago, which was a big game, and to tome come into the first game of Gather Round on a big stage and deliver again … I’m just so proud of our players.

“What I love about our team is our ability to put pressure on … I think it’s been outstanding.

“Our defensive pressure is setting up parts of our game that we love.

“When you see effort and intensity around the ball like that it’s going to take you a long way in the game.

“But we’ve still got a lot of work to do.

“We’ve still got a lot of growth in our game.”

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