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Bombers full of belief

Essendon faced a big task as they entered three-quarter time with a 27-point deficit against Geelong on Sunday, but the Bombers knew they had what it took to chase the Cats down.

Just ten minutes later the Bombers had booted four quick goals, eventually claiming a thrilling four-point victory.

Midfielder Andrew McGrath said the team had faith in its ability to overcome Geelong with the wind in the last quarter.

“We knew if we played our best footy it wasn’t out of our reach, but it was a big task and I think we just stuck to the way we wanted to play,” McGrath said post-match.

“Our first and fourth quarters were great, it’s the way we wanted to play.”

McGrath admitted that the side needed to address several issues after its disappointing loss to Richmond two weeks back and said there is still room for improvement.

“We had a lot of issues to address and I think for about two and a half quarters of the game we addressed those,” he said.

“We’ve still got a bit of work to do, but it is lovely to get the win.”

Last year’s NAB AFL Rising Star winner was among the Bombers’ best in the win with 24 disposals and said he enjoyed pushing into the midfield after spending the majority of his opening season in the backline.

“I’m enjoying playing in the midfield now, it’s been a step up and I’ve learnt a lot,” he said.

“I’m a little bit hit and miss here and there, but it’s nice to play well and take it into the season.”

As the Bombers prepare for their round one clash with 2017 Grand Finalists Adelaide, McGrath said the victory over the Cats was a “real confidence boost”.

“To know that we can still play two quarters out of four and be competitive with some of the best teams in the comp is really pleasing and hopefully we can bring that into the year,” he said.

“They (Crows) are obviously one of the benchmark teams in the competition and to face them straight-up will really test us and show us where we’re at and it’s what we want as a footy club.”