Beveridge unhappy with 'sub-par performance'

30 July 2020 20:41:26 GMTPlus10

Coach Luke Beveridge admitted his Western Bulldogs side couldn't deal with the intensity and pressure of reigning premiers Richmond in their 41-point loss at Metricon Stadium.

The Bulldogs were bidding for a sixth win in seven rounds, but the Tigers put them to the sword in the first half.

Beveridge's side trailed by 41 points at the main break, and though they stemmed the bleeding after half-time they couldn't make any serious inroads into their deficit.

"We've strung some wins together but tonight our first half was obviously a little bit of a disaster unfortunately," said Beveridge, who coached the Bulldogs to the 2016 premiership. "To Richmond's credit their intensity and their willingness to cover the ground, and to put us under pressure, which we invited, [was strong].

"I was pleased that the boys were almost able to halve that second half when the game had really gone south, so we've just got to move on.

"It's a sub-par performance from us, even though as I said I don't think we've been playing extremely well anyway. But in this new series of games we need to make sure we move on pretty quickly."

Things don't get any easier for the Bulldogs, who will face the top two sides Port Adelaide and Brisbane in their next two games.

Experienced defender Easton Wood is hoping the team can use the disappointment from their defeat to the Tigers to turn things around against the Power in just five days' time.

"It's absolutely critical that we turn around and take out what we need to out of the game," said Wood. "It's a crazy little period this, with so many games in such a short succession, so recovery is at the top of mind."

The Bulldogs are 7/1 to reach the Grand Final.

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