Josh Barnett scored a crucial penalty for Melbourne to win the AFL’s Man of the Matches.
It was the first of two penalties that Barnett received after Melbourne lost their opening match of the weekend to Gold Coast.
The 30-year-old broke the scoreline with a classy penalty in the third quarter to ensure Melbourne would remain undefeated at the MCG for the second consecutive week.
He was also credited with a goal of his own, finishing with a penalty that was only a touch wide after an incident with the ball.
It is the first time the Magpies have taken three straight games to win a match after winning their opening six.
Barnett’s tally will be important as the Demons have the best offence and defence of any team in the competition.
He has now scored six goals in his last three games, and will look to continue his strong form with the Bulldogs on Friday night.
Josh is averaging a goal every seven games this season, but he has just six in his past six games against the Demons.
The Demons are the only team to have won seven straight games and are currently just three games behind the Western Bulldogs for the top spot.
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