Tough critic: Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge.Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge thought Geelong no better than “OK” against the Bulldogs on Saturday. It’s just that Beveridge’s side was worse.
While Cats coach Chris Scott praised his team for beating an opponent he has “a lot of respect for”, a frustrated Beveridge was less flattering in his assessment of either team’s showing in Geelong’s eight-point win at Simonds Stadium.
“Usually when we get beaten I like to give the opposition a little bit of credit,” Beveridge said after the game.
“The Cats were OK, but I’m sure they’re sitting there thinking they were just OK. And they beat us.”
The win keeps Geelong within sight of the top eight, while the Dogs let slip a chance to creep closer to a first finals appearance in five years.
Beveridge said his team had been outworked.
“The players have come off and they’ve worked hard,” he said.
“But there’s an edge to that that maybe we didn’t have today.
“We just didn’t have the edge. We didn’t have that temperature extreme in the engine room.
“They just had a few too many players that were doing a little bit more than some of our players.”
Beveridge felt his team had missed a gilt-edged chance to grab a win in the absence of suspended Cats captain Joel Selwood.
“A depleted Geelong side, we thought we were a really good chance to get them today. And we didn’t. So we’re really disappointed.
“We set ourselves up to press home at the end of the season, and today we didn’t.”
In Selwood’s absence, Josh Caddy led the way for the Cats with 37 disposals – comfortably a career-high. Beveridge said he had tried to curb Caddy’s influence, but the former Gold Coast midfielder was ultimately too strong.
The Bulldogs must now regroup before their match next Sunday against Collingwood, another side on the fringe of the top eight.
The Dogs will take on the Magpies without midfielder Koby Stevens, who was withdrawn before the game as a result of a stress fracture in his heel, and is set for an extended stint on the sidelines.
Scott was measured about his team’s prospects for the rest of the year after they won for just the second time at home in 2015. The 2011 premiership coach said that how the result would shape the rest of the Cats’ season was “the $64 million question”.
But he was significantly more upbeat about the overall standard of the match than Beveridge.
“Even though it was a low-scoring game, we thought it was a really competitive game around the contest,” Scott said.
“We’ve got a lot of respect for the way they’ve been playing.”
Scott was pleased at how his defence bounced back from conceding 18 goals against North Melbourne last week to only allow nine on Saturday.
“Those guys down there that we were critical of last week took a big step forward and were much, much better.”
“We knew if they scored a lot from their entries we were going to be in trouble.”
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