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The struggling Western Bulldogs have notched a much-needed AFL win, edging Carlton by 20 factors in a scrappy MCG contest.
The reigning premiers led by 4 objectives at three-quarter time and staved off the depleted Blues to climb inside a victory of the highest eight.
Sunday’s 12.10 (82) to 9.eight (62) win got here at a price for the Dogs, with key ahead Jake Stringer succumbing to a hamstring damage minutes into the second quarter.
Stringer instantly left the bottom and sat out the remainder of the sport together with his left leg iced.
Carlton have been lowered to a single rotation late within the recreation with Alex Silvagni, Ciaran Byrne and Dylan Buckley succumbing to accidents.
It wasn’t probably the most convincing victory however the Bulldogs can be completely happy to take it after dropping 4 of their previous 5 video games.
After a dismal 59-point loss to Adelaide final week, the Dogs appeared in peril of one other blowout early on, conceding the primary three objectives to a fast-starting Carlton.
The Dogs had 14 ahead entries however no marks inside 50 within the first quarter, with Carlton’s tall defenders feasting on intercept marks.
Classy midfielder Caleb Daniel proved the game-changer, racking up 4 inside-50s and 14 of his 25 disposals in an impressive second time period because the Dogs outscored the Blues 5 objectives to at least one.
There have been shades of the Bulldogs of final yr as Daniel, Marcus Bontempelli and crowd pleasing teenager Mitch Honeychurch put collectively some spectacular handball chains.
Up by 21 factors at halftime, the Dogs struggled to press their benefit, with each side missing composure going ahead.
Opportunistic objectives from Mitch Wallis and Toby McLean handed the benefit to the Dogs because the Blues ran out of legs through the fourth quarter.
Matthew Kreuzer dominated the ruck battle with 50 hitouts, Matthew Wright booted three objectives and Bryce Gibbs led Carlton’s midfield brigade with 32 disposals.