Hawthorn Coach Alastair Clarkson said he was immensely proud of his players ability to match it with a premiership contender in Melbourne on Saturday night.

The Hawks and Demons played out an edge-of-your-seat draw, the second of the home and away season. 

Clarkson said it was his side's pressure levels that stood out for him.

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"Over the course of the game, the pressure that we were able to apply meant that Melbourne weren't able to get their free-flowing game going in the middle of the ground," Clarkson said.

"That pressure gave us a chance to be right in the contest.

"We allowed them to get away to a bit of a start, but for us to outscore them for the rest of the game and win three of the four quarters - it was a real credit to our lads.

"To allow a top of the ladder side to get away from us and then be able to pull them back, we'll gain a helluva lot out of the game."

Watch the full press conference below.

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R18: Press Conference | Alastair Clarkson

Listen to head coach Alastair Clarkson post the round 18 clash against the Dees.

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