THE WESTERN Bulldogs’ inaccuracy in front of goal is a “continual frustration”, coach Luke Beveridge says.
The Bulldogs kicked 7.15 in a 44-point loss to Carlton at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, with the lack of forward efficiency a standout difference between the two sides.
The Blues booted 15.11 (101) and kept the Dogs to 57 points for the game.
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“It’s a continual frustration,” Beveridge said of the ongoing trend.
“But we had too many long-range shots that fell short as well and we just spoke about it then and we need to be better at it.
“Even at the start of the third quarter we had two shots that are going to put us within a couple of goals and it goes up the other end and there’s a couple of 12-point plays.”
The Bulldogs have kicked more goals than behinds just once in 2019, when they came from behind to stun Hawthorn in round two.
“We just have to be better. Whether it’s the pressures of the game or the environment, we just need to keep dealing with it and get better,” Beveridge said.
“It’s not like we don’t train it but making sure it’s under the intensity and it’s under the environment it should be is something we’ll continue to look at.”
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The Bulldogs also let themselves down through the middle, with Carlton well on top in the clearances (41-26) and uncontested possessions (251-209).
“They got the better of us well and truly through that inside mid area and they were able to get the ball to the outside.
“We need to add some players who can help that core group of midfielders and we gave a couple of the boys the opportunity to do that today in Billy Gowers and Bailey Williams so it’s a bit of a learning curve for them.
“But they opened us up a bit in the first half with weight of possession and we had to defend at deep too times.”
Beveridge said Jackson Trengove would come into the mix as a back-up ruckman to Tim English and a possible forward target.
English actually had more hit-outs than opponent Matthew Kreuzer but getting him more support has been an area that the Dogs may look to bolster.
“He’s going all right. You look at where you might get an advantage with other things but he’s performing pretty well at VFL level,” Beveridge said.
“It’s under consideration every week.
“So that’s a continuing talking point at match committee each week.”
Source: AFL FOOTBALL NEWS