Melbourne's quest for a long-awaited AFL finals berth could come down to how well their forwards stay out of each other's way.
The Demons are blowing their chances in attack and it's become a big focus heading into the business end of the season.
They should beat the Western Bulldogs on Saturday at the MCG but it is no sure thing and a slip-up could put them out of the eight.
Melbourne broke a three-game losing streak with last week's comfortable win over Fremantle, but they kicked a woeful 13.24.
The Demons also had more inside 50s in the previous two matches, when they lost to Port Adelaide and St Kilda.
Key forward Tom McDonald noted it wasn't a problem earlier this season, when Melbourne kicked 100 points per match in their six-game winning streak.
"The midfield and backline are doing their job and getting the ball into us,"' he said.
"We probably have to do a better job of giving each other some more one-on-ones, making some more space, because it's very crowded in there when it gets kicked in.
"Me and Jesse (Hogan) and Max (Gawn) and some other guys have been working on not all jumping for the same ball, so we're not having five or six guys in a pack.
"We know it can work because we had it working for six or seven weeks ... it's just a work in progress."
McDonald is wary of the Bulldogs, who were threatening Hawthorn at halftime of their game last Saturday.
The Hawks then went on a seven-goal rampage in the third term to kill them off - precisely the sort of forward line potency that the Demons need.
"I reckon they've actually played some pretty good footy without getting results," McDonald said of the Bulldogs.
"They're actually playing the way they were the year they won the premiership, but maybe just not at as high a level.
"We're very wary of how good they can be."
Melbourne have not made the finals since 2006 and last year came agonisingly close to breaking the drought.
McDonald said they are wiser and more confident this time.
"This year we know what we're capable of and we did it for a solid stretch of games, how well we can play," he said.
"If we win the next four or five in a row, then that eliminates any chance of the same thing happening.
"We control that, really, which is a good thing."
But McDonald also noted there is no margin for error.
"It's interesting; we can go anywhere from top two down to 10th or 11th in a couple of games," he said.