Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has welcomed the immediate impact of Stefan Martin after the veteran recruit played a major role in the season opening win over Collingwood.
Martin took the fight to Magpie’s jerk star Brodie Grundy and worked well with Tim English at the MCG on Friday night when the Bulldogs deep-midfield unit controlled the competition.
Grundy had tortured the dogs in their last four meetings – 11 out of 12 possible Brownlow medals -Votes received – and English dominated in three of them.
But former Brisbane Ruckman Martin, who was brought in to promote emerging great English, made a significant contribution when the dogs turned the tables on the Collingwood star .
« Brodie has really kicked them off in the last couple of games, and it has been difficult for our team to really recover from their work.
» Tim’s jerk was also auc h pretty good when it was his turn to go in there. That’s a nice result for us.
« From a coaching point of view, it’s important that you can at least neutralize these situations. »
Collingwood trainer Nathan Buckley said Grundy’s influence was wiped out when that Magpies were beaten around the contest.
« Your big boys pulled it together and we probably didn’t get Mason (Cox) in the jerk as often as we intended, definitely not in the middle, » said Buckley .
Beveridge previously reached out to midfielders Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae and Josh Dunkley to assist English in the race, but those makeshift steps seem a thing of the past.
Martin and English are in second Round before another big test when they face West Coast star Nic Naitanui at Marvel Stadium.
« If we can stick Tim and Stef together and play together like tonight, that will of course really help, » sa gte Beveridge.
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