Essendon captain Dyson Heppell says the Bombers can still go on and play finals despite a disappointing start to the 2022 AFL campaign.
The Bombers are priced at 4/1 to make the eight but have plenty of work to do after winning just one out of their opening five games.
The Bombers suffered a heavy defeat on home soil against Fremantle on Easter Sunday to set some alarm bells ringing and they need to bounce back quickly.
Next up is the traditional Anzac Day clash against Collingwood at the MCG and Heppell is backing the Bombers to get back on track and make finals.
The Bombers recovered from a 2-7 start last year to make finals and Heppell says that can be done again.
"Full confidence and belief in the group. I have no doubt that it won't take a month, six-week period, we can turn it around really quickly,” he said. “Pretty sure we were in a similar position last year and still managed to make the eight."
Meanwhile Heppell says there has been no panic following the Fremantle loss and they will stick to tried and tested methods in the lead up to the Collingwood game.
"You've got to keep things consistent; you've got to review it properly, which we have and we will continue to do that over the coming days and then train with real intent and purpose and that’s the way we've been approaching it, week-in, week-out," he added.
"I think we've put in a body of work, it just hadn’t shown up on game day. I have full trust and belief that we will get that back on track."