Essendon defender Mason Redman says the victory over Hawthorn was a reward for all the hard work they have been putting in without getting the results.
The Bombers are priced at 5/1 to make the top eight and play finals for the second year running but are way down on the ladder following a disappointing start to the campaign.
They sat 1-6 going in to the game against the Hawks and looked set for another defeat as they trailed Sam Mitchell’s side by 15 points going in to the final quarter.
But they came fighting back when booting eight goals in the final term to take the win. Redman says the hard work finally paid
off and they were also delighted to do it for under-fire coach Ben Rutten.
"It's reward for effort," Redman told AFL.com.au. of the win over the Hawks. "I feel like we've been putting in a lot of good work in on the track and not necessarily seeing the rewards on the weekend so it's good to just repay the faith to
'Truck' (Rutten) and 'Mahns' and the footy department a bit because we've been letting them down on the field. We trust them 100 per cent. We've just got to keep showing it on the field.
"I feel like we've been letting them down a fair bit as a playing group. We've been probably underperforming but it's good to go out there and finally get reward for effort and hopefully get the ball rolling on our season."