Injured captain Bob Murphy is adamant the Western Bulldogs have the self-belief to pull off a major AFL upset win against Geelong.
The Bulldogs will come off a week from hell when they go to Geelong this Friday night to play the Cats.
Their hosts will be determined to win, with club legends Jimmy Bartel and Corey Enright reaching major personal milestones.
Bartel will play his 300th game and Enright’s 326th match will break the Geelong club record.
Last Saturday night, the Bulldogs dropped out of the top four with an upset loss to St Kilda.
But that was nothing compared to the trauma of Mitch Wallis suffering a broken leg and Jack Redpath also going down with a serious knee injury.
It soon emerged that Redpath needed another knee reconstruction, meaning the season was over for the two players.
Circumstances meant Wallis’ teammates could hear his agony in the dressing rooms immediately after the match.
But Murphy said resilience and self-belief have been hallmarks of the Bulldogs this season.
“You either believe or you don’t. We’ve said for a long time we have a lot of depth at our footy club,” he said.
“This team has shown that one falls down, one steps straight in and we get good results.
“It’s a challenge, of course it is, but we actually believe we’re good enough to beat anyone.”
The Bulldogs are also expected to be bolstered by the return from injury of star forwards Jake Stringer and Luke Dahlhaus.