Bulldogs’ impatience growing to end slump and bring out their best


But Beveridge appears impatient to get back among the top teams in the competition.

And losses such as the 61-point flogging the Dogs copped from West Coast at Optus Stadium on Sunday night are an annoying speed hump in that road back to success.

Jack Macrae (centre) and his dejected teammates after the big loss to the Eagles.Credit:AAP

“When we sit in a room post-game and ask ourselves why we couldn’t get a little bit more from ourselves and we go and do some soul searching, we are learning, all the time,” he said.

“They sit there and are quite honest with each other. We are on a journey.

“But I said to them, in this game and in this league, you can’t have a four-to-five-year crystal ball of where you might be.

“It’s now and it’s next year. It’s the immediate future and not long after because of the nature of the free market with players and the movement.

“We have a great environment and our players are unbelievable human beings, great characters and they have enormous integrity. And we want to do well now and there is that impatience. They feel it, which is good and our supporters feel it.

“So we will keep going to the well and look for those hooks to be at our best and beat sides like West Coast.”

But Beveridge is mixing some of those expectations with reality.

Wins over Richmond by 47 points in round seven and the Brisbane Lions by 16 points in round eight would have had the hopes of some Dogs fans elevated.

Those results came after a narrow loss to Fremantle in Perth in round six, that they could have won also.

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge.

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge.Credit:AAP

But the loss to the Eagles on Sunday was the third this year by more than seven goals.

After the 10-goal loss to the reigning premiers, Beveridge reminded his team just how much work was still required before their success was sustainable.

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“I just said to them, the small margins and the gap between where we are and the sides up the ladder … those margins don’t seem that much, but there is a lot there to carve away at,” he said.

“We have to make sure we come back [from the bye] refreshed, energised and ready for the challenges.”

That challenge begins seemingly easily enough, against Carlton in round 13, but the Blues beat the Dogs by 44 points in round five.

The task then gets a bit harder.

Six of the Bulldog’s 10 games after they meet the Blues are against sides that finished round 11 inside the top eight – as well as Fremantle and Essendon, who are both just outside of it.

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