Essendon captain Brendon Goddard has laughed off suggestion that the Bombers "took the game lightly" against the Brisbane Lions last Sunday afternoon.
The Bombers went into the game as favourites for the first time this season, but came up six goals short, going down by 37 points to the struggling 17th placed Lions.
"It's almost laughable to think that we [took the game lightly]. We didn't put any pressure on ourselves about going into a game as favourites, we approached the game like any other game," Goddard said.
"We had been playing some pretty good footy for three or four weeks, and they got off to a really good start. We didn't really capitalise on our opportunities in the second quarter when we felt like we dominated the game. And they played really well, take nothing away from them.
"We were disappointed in some of our efforts during the game, but across the board we didn't take them lightly or any differently to any other game."
Goddard is out of contract come the end of the season and says he is confident that he will be at the club next season.
"Hopefully we get something done soon. I realise we've got to go through the right avenues and due diligence and go through the process – all the clichés," he said.
"But myself and 'Ned' and the management group TLA are pretty comfortable with where it's at.
"I went to the club and said, 'Give me a four-year deal' but they turned that down pretty quick. It's been pretty evident that we start at the top and meet somewhere in the middle, that's pretty basic contract negotiations.
"How long do I want to play for? As long as I can, but I won't do that to the detriment of the club and someone else. If they can fill my role and play it better than me then I'm happy to step down."
Goddard has led the way brilliantly this season, despite mountains of criticism for his on-field behaviour, the former Saint is averaging 27 disposals and had 31 disposals against the Lions on Sunday.