McCartney has mixed emotions
August 06, 2012 14:42:45 UK
Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney found consolation in his side's first-half performance, after the nine-goal defeat to North Melbourne.
But he admitted to being left flat by the way the Bulldogs were overrun in the second half.
Coaching such a young team gives us an opportunity to mould the right players.Brendan McCartney
The Dogs amassed 18 more inside 50s than the Roos before the long break, but were still four points adrift. North Melbourne, who are 5001.00 to win the Grand Final, piled on the points in the final two quarters, but McCartney took some positives from the loss.
"We feel that the brand of footy we played in the first half is the type of footy we want to play and we've been criticised heavily for not scoring enough," he said.
"We were scoring on the back of everyone working together and joining in all areas of the game.
"With all those young people out there today, they showed they are good enough.
"They showed that their fundamentals are good enough, their appetite and understanding for the game is good enough."
McCartney insists that his inexperienced side will continue to develop.
He said: "Coaching such a young team gives us an opportunity to mould the right players, the right people and I said last week, this club has rebuilt twice in the last 15 years.
"And we'll do it again playing the way we want to play with the right type of people, reliable people, dependable people, people who are accountable to the team - really strong minded people."
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