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Bulldogs' belief grows with away win

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15th May, 2021

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says a 19-point win over AFL premiership contenders Port Adelaide will build belief in his players.

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says a classy 19-point away win over Port Adelaide will do wonders for the belief of his AFL players.

The Bulldogs overcame the loss of influential backman Easton Wood to another hamstring strain to defeat fellow premiership contender Port on Saturday night.

And Beveridge has hailed the 15.6 (96) to 12.5 (77) triumph at Adelaide Oval as full of significance for his team.

“It will do wonders for the belief of the group,” he said.

“The importance of these outings and these experiences can’t be undersold.

“You find encouragement in the fact, and the players do, in believing in what we’re trying to do together.

“And against a team like Port on their home deck, where they have been significantly strong and don’t drop many (games), we can definitely bank that and feel good about it.


“And, hopefully, it’s an experience that as we continue on will help us.”

Beveridge said he would take an optimistic view of the latest injury to Wood, who will have scans to determine the severity of his latest hamstring problem.

“We should be able to cover it,” he said.

“As much as Easton is an outstanding player…you sort of look at those times with a glass-half-full outlook because at some point we will get him back.

“He has had that many (hamstring injuries) on both sides it has sort of all blurred into each other.”

The Bulldogs led Port by as much as 26 points in the first quarter, booting five goals in 16 minutes.

But the Power rallied to hit the front in the second term with five goals of their own in just under ten minutes.


Beveridge praised the ability of his players to then settle, without much direction from the coaches’ box.

“We have got ourselves into a space where the players are trouble-shooting and problem-solving and working some things out on the run,” Beveridge said.

“We held our nerve – and the players definitely did, and full credit to them.

“We didn’t do anything significant from the box at all, a role or two changed here or there.

“But the players were just enormous and won the game in the end through their own self.”