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Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge believes the AFL score review process robbed his side of a goal during their loss to Collingwood.
It may not have changed the outcome but Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge reckons his side were robbed of a goal during their AFL loss to Collingwood.
The score review process came under fresh scrutiny during Friday night’s clash at the MCG, which the Magpies won 11.12 (78) to 9.10 (64).
Bulldogs forward Sam Lloyd’s shot on goal midway through the second term went to a score review and was ruled to have been touched by teammate Aaron Naughton, who was attempting to mark from behind the goal posts.
Replays showed the ball appeared to be fully behind the posts before Naughton touched it but the decision remained a behind.
A bemused Beveridge didn’t hold back when asked about the incident after the game.
“It was a goal,” he said.
“I think it was Aaron Naughton’s hands on it, wasn’t it? I don’t know why that was a point. I know the umpire called it touched but if it’s reviewed and it’s a goal, they haven’t got the previous frame, I’m not sure why that isn’t a goal.
“That’s not why we lost the game but that’s a head-scratcher.”
The Bulldogs were led brilliantly by Marcus Bontempelli (36 disposals, eight clearances) but couldn’t stay with the Pies when it mattered after leading by five points at the final break.
An inability to capitalise on their forward supply proved costly, particularly in the first half when they racked up 27 inside-50s for just 2.7.
With youngsters Aaron Naughton and Josh Schache anchoring the Bulldogs’ forward line, premiership ruck-forward Tom Boyd appears unlikely to return anytime soon.
Boyd returned through the VFL earlier on Friday but while he has overcome a long-term back injury, Beveridge said the 23-year-old remained well off the pace.
“He’s a long way off, Tom,” Beveridge said.
“He’s obviously not match-fit – he hasn’t played for a long time – but he’s looking better and he’s definitely well within himself. It’s just going to take him a while to get to the point where he’s got his wits about him and he’s playing his best footy.”