MONTROSE was sloppy with the ball but did enough to beat Bayswater in a Eastern Football League division 2 clash at Montrose Reserve on Saturday.
The Demons scored a 15-point win and remained on the top of the EFL division 2 ladder by percentage from Mooroolbark.
Demons coach Brett Johnson said his side was not "clean" enough with the ball while playing in wet and difficult conditions. "I was happy with the win against good opposition, who are in good form, but I wasn't too pleased with the way we played," he said.
"I thought we kept them in the game through our own mistakes and against good opposition you will pay for those errors.
"The errors came because of a number of things. The conditions were slippery and we were a bit fumbly as well plus our first possession wasn't that great."
Despite sitting pretty with just one loss from 10 games, Johnson said his side had a long way to reach its best form. "I'm rapt with the players' attitude and the way we have gone about training," he said. "Those two things are all you can control, really. We have to make sure we do everything right as best we can."
While the Demons' injury list isn't too deep, they already have Jack Garthwaite out for two more matches due to suspension. Forward Sam Goodman is expected to face the tribunal this week after being reported.
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