‘Monumental’: Beveridge lauds Bulldogs’ progress after West Coast win
He conceded some wins were worth more than others, and the way he spoke about this one suggested it fell into the more valuable category.
“Our team is continuing to change and evolve and that 22 plus JJ [Jason Johannisen], who we didn’t call upon, haven’t played much footy together. We have got a couple key defenders, Alex [Keath] played his 50th game today and Gards [Ryan Gardner] still played under 20 games. And some guys in our forward line even haven’t played much footy together.
“There’s no doubt when the game was really on the line that group who are in the engine room and who are our prime movers, who play really important roles in the momentum of any game, really picked up the bit and forced themselves upon the end result.”
He singled out Marcus Bontempelli for praise. The skipper kicked three wonderful and crucial goals, the last just before the final siren to ice the game. He also had 30 touches (28 effective), plus 14 score involvements, five clearances and seven inside 50s.
“Just what he did in the last quarter … there’s no doubt her gave us really significant momentum and really swung us and sparked us into action,” the coach said.
The Bulldogs play the struggling North Melbourne next week but Beveridge said it was crucial his team remains single-minded in its focus.
“Our mindset can’t change. It needs to stay exactly the same. Apply ourselves to get the most out of ourselves,” he said.
“They [West Coast] are such a tough opponent. It is a very satisfying and rewarding day.”