Boss blames players for loss against Essendon

MELBOURNE president Don McLardy has put the heat squarely on the players after Saturday's night 148-point loss to Essendon which he described as "completely unacceptable".

McLardy said a meeting of key club officials yesterday morning had resolved to stick with those entrusted 18 months ago to turn the club around - coach Mark Neeld, director of sports performance Neil Craig and elite performance manager David Misson.

"The key here is stability. You have got to stand up under pressure," McLardy said.

"What we need now is on-field performance."

The loss was Melbourne's biggest against Essendon and it's worst at the MCG.

Forward Mitch Clark agreed the players had to take responsibility.

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