Eagles survive a Bulldog fightback to win by seven points
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TODAY’S LINE-UP: Matthew Lloyd, Leigh Matthews, Tim Lane, Tony Leonard, Mick Warner, and Doc Larkins.
West Coast has held firm for a seven-point win.
The Dogs made a spirited fightback in the final term but ultimately left their run too late.
The Bulldogs’ season is teetering on a knife-edge at 7-7, with the reigning premiers in danger of missing the finals.
“They’re a shadow of what they were,” Lloydy said.
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The Eagles lead by 16 points after a commanding first half.
The lead probably should be more given West Coast’s dominance around the ground.
Lethal and Lloydy have been very impressed by young Eagle Malcolm Karpany, who’s kicked two goals from 12 touches.
Several Bulldogs have been largely ineffectual, including Jake Stringer (one disposal), Tory Dickson (two), and Matt Suckling (three).
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With both sides sitting mid-table on seven wins, these four points are absolutely vital.
The Dogs (10th) and Eagles (8th) can’t afford any more slip-ups in the tight race for the finals.
The Eagles would love to prove they can take a big scalp on the road, but the Dogs need to prove their season isn’t off the rails.
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