Hunter inspired by 2016 success

17 July 2017 06:06:11 EST

Premiership forward Lachie Hunter believes Western Bulldogs can pull off the same kind of late-season run that propelled them to the flag last year.

The Bulldogs are still three places outside the finals places, despite beating Carlton by 20 points at the MCG on Sunday.

But they are only one win behind eighth-placed St Kilda, and now face three consecutive matches against other teams outside the top eight.

At the same stage last year, Luke Beveridge's side had won 12 games whereas their record this time is 8-8.

Hunter, though, says being in another situation where others are writing off their premiership chances won't faze anyone at the club.

It was the Bulldogs' stunning form in last year's finals that earned them the flag, after they had finished the home and away season in seventh spot.

After only winning three of the last regular season games, the club won each of their four finals to claim their first premiership since 1954.

"Even last year, at this time of the year, we were still a little bit off the top teams, so I think we can some take some great inspiration from that," said Hunter. "People said we wouldn't have a chance at this time last year and we saw what happened."

The defensive performance against Carlton was a big step forward after recent issues against the likes of Adelaide and Melbourne.

Beveridge felt his team were a lot better all-round against the Blues, when they kept Brendon Bolton's side to 40 inside 50s.

"Defensively, that's really sound and we had our opportunities," added the coach. "We probably didn't function, again, inside 50 and kicked some long balls to their talls (key defenders); overall we had a lot of winners which was fantastic."

Western Bulldogs are 2/7 to win their next game against Gold Coast, who are 57/20.

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