Jackson: Buck Stops with the Players
The Bulldogs snapped a five-game losing streak last weekend following an impressive 30-16 victory over Manly.
It was the club’s first victory since Round 18 and was highlighted by their energy with the ball and desperation in defence.
All season the Bulldogs have found it hard to get their fair share of possession and play that ‘set for set’ type of game, but last Sunday it all clicked.
“To start with we held onto the ball. We played a bit of set for set footy and we took the right options with the football. We had a lot of possession in Manly’s end and we scored points off the back of it. I thought we played really well,” said Jackson.
The win last weekend was a great way to celebrate the club’s final home game of the regular season and while the performance may have come a little late, it’s good to have that winning feeling back around the club.
“A month or six weeks ago would have been nice, but we need to stay positive. We have a couple of games left in the season and it’s good to have a winning mood around the club,” added Jackson.
With so much speculation surrounding the club, it’s easy for external parties to say these distractions have had an impact on the playing group and the season, but Jackson is adamant what is out of the control of the players has had no effect on their season.
“I don’t think that has impacted our season at all. I think it comes down to the 17 players that have been taking the field every week. We can’t blame it on the Coach, we can’t blame it on the preparation because that has been first class. We can’t blame the effort, but I think it comes down to the execution and the mindset of the players that take the field each week,” Jackson said.