AFL: St Kilda Saints run rings around faltering Melbourne Demons

St Kilda doubters will have to wait another week for the Saints to stumble after they continued to confound critics with an inspired 40-point win over a disappointing Melbourne at the MCG.

St Kilda were friendless in the lead-up to the season, widely tipped to finish in the bottom four, but Alan Richardson's men made their more-fancied opponents look ordinary at times in a 15.5 (95) to 7.13 (55) win in front of 35,558 fans on Saturday.

The Demons led by three points early in the second quarter but the slick Saints piled on eight unanswered goals St Kilda harassed their opponents from start to finish in a lively performance that moved them to a surprise 4-1 record.

"We're winning and there's no doubt that that helps," Richardson replied when asked about the spirit of his young group.

"It means that you get belief in the way that you want to play.

"It's still only early but we've been really consistent without having stars.

"... we were the first to put our hands up and say that last year was incredibly disappointing.

"I understand that there was frustration for everyone.

"We understood the noise but we just had to control what we could control."

It was another uneven performance from Melbourne who most had tabbed as a legitimate premiership challenger.

They are in a hole at 1-4 with four days to prepare for their Anzac Day eve clash with Richmond.

"We're easy to play against," coach Simon Goodwin said bluntly.

"We're getting beaten in transition way too easily.

"There are a lot of little things going wrong in our game at the moment."

Jack Billings led the way for St Kilda with 28 possessions and two goals, with Seb Ross (27 disposals) and Shane Savage (27) also prominent, while Tim Membrey booted four goals.

Clayton Oliver (31 possessions) and Angus Brayshaw (27) were influential for the Demons, who struggled to get a contribution across the board once again in a frustrating start to the season.

Melbourne pressed early in the second term but let themselves down time and again with skill errors.

The Saints didn't need to be asked twice and went about taking the game away from the Demons, who were made to look lacklustre and disorganised at times.

Billings made it a 15-point St Kilda lead at halftime and back-to-back goals to former Melbourne forward Dean Kent rubbed salt in the wounds as the margin blew out to 45 points at three-quarter time.

The Demons offered some resistance after the restart with a couple of goals to Jake Melksham, but that effort soon dissipated, leaving the Saints to enjoy an impressive win.