Luke Beveridge says he is not thinking about the AFL finals after the Western Bulldogs blew a golden opportunity to consolidate their top-eight spot.
Last year's beaten grand finalists went down to Fremantle at Marvel Stadium on Saturday to leave their finals hopes hanging in the balance.
The Bulldogs (10-10) will need to win their remaining games against GWS and Hawthorn to be any chance of featuring in the post-season for a fourth straight year.
They will also need Carlton, Richmond and St Kilda to stumble to be able to jump back inside the top-eight by the end of round 23.
Beveridge said he was not contemplating the finals after the 17-point defeat against the Dockers but described the mood as downcast.
"You can imagine the boys are extremely flat because it's an opportunity missed," he said.
"As much as we don't sit in media conferences and talk about finals but to get any look at it then you have got to keep winning.
"We put ourselves in this situation where we just haven't been able to compete with the upper echelon of the competition for the majority of the year, unfortunately."
The Bulldogs' defence was unable to control Dockers star Rory Lobb, who has been linked with an off-season move to the Whitten Oval.
Lobb starred with four goals, all from long range to provide a spark up forward that the Bulldogs lacked.
Beveridge praised Lobb's influence on the contest but did not bite about the club's reported interest in the 29-year-old.
"Some of those areas he kicked goals from, they were difficult spots so he really helped Fremantle maintain that momentum," Beveridge said.
"He will always be a handful with what he does and what he's capable of, he was at GWS and he's probably having one of his best years this year.
"They just had this sheen of quality that we didn't have and Rory was obviously a big part of that."
Beveridge said he was unsure when Ryan Gardner would be available after he missed the clash with a calf injury but Norm Smith medallist Jason Johannisen could return against GWS after suffering a rolled ankle at training.
Australian Associated Press
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