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Will Minson says Bulldogs can't afford to 'fall asleep' in games

Canberra Times logo Canberra Times 26/05/2014 Daniel Cherny
Will Minson competes with Zac Smith during Sunday's game at Metricon Stadium. © Getty Images Will Minson competes with Zac Smith during Sunday's game at Metricon Stadium.

The old saying  suggests that sleeping dogs should be left to lie, but for the Western Bulldogs, nothing could be further from the truth.

The Dogs conceded eight goals to just one of their own in the third quarter during Sunday's loss to the high-flying Gold Coast Suns, an effort that undid their hard-fought work to keep the game in the balance during the first half.

Speaking on Monday, Dogs' ruckman Will Minson emphasised that his 3-6 side could ill-afford to have such lacklustre periods during games.

"We're not a good enough side that we can fall asleep for 10 minutes and expect to still be in the game," Minson said.

"There's a lot of things we can do to turn it around, but importantly if we stick to the gameplan for longer, we've proven that when we play the way we're supposed to, we can match it with most sides, and unfortunately on the weekend we went away from it for much too long a period, and the game disappeared."

Minson did however heap praise on teammate Liam Picken after the dour stopper's valiant job nullifying Suns captain Gary Ablett. Picken kept the Brownlow Medal favourite to 24 possessions.

"Liam Picken's a ferocious footballer, and there's no better match for someone like him than Gary Ablett, and I think he played exceptionally well against him on the weekend," Minson said.

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