Beveridge: We're still hanging in there

12 August 2017 06:19:27 EST
Jason Johannisen

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge doesn't feel his team's 48-point loss to Greater Western Sydney has undermined their chances too much.

The reigning premiers went to Etihad Stadium on the back of a four-game winning streak, but their percentage took a hit against the Giants.

Maybe [it could be costly], but if we win the next two we'll be pretty close.

Luke Beveridge

It could come down to percentage at the end of the home and away season, with the teams from fifth place down to 11th only being separated by four points going into the current round.

Beveridge would have loved his team to have capitalised on their dominance in the second quarter against GWS.

They were not able to turn possession into goals, kicking 3.6 in the term from their 22 inside-50s before the visitors took control with a six-goal third quarter.

The Bulldogs coach feels, providing they can beat Port Adelaide and Hawthorn in their final two games of the season, they should make the finals.

"Maybe [it could be costly], but if we win the next two we'll be pretty close, but tonight would have been a pretty handy one just to get us that leg up," he said after the match.

"We're still hanging in there. The boys have had to put up with some challenges, and they're doing their best, but it's not going to help if we don't use the Sherrin well enough."

The Bulldogs could have Dale Morris back from his arm injury against the Power.

Jason Johannisen will also be in the selection frame after missing two games with a hamstring issue, while Mitch Honeychurch is recovering from illness.

Western Bulldogs are 93/100 to beat Port Adelaide, who are 93/100.

The Bulldogs are 97/100 conceding a 2.5-points start.

View all Australian Rules betting