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Blues stage comeback win over Dogs

27/07/2008 08:15:59 PM Comments (0)

Carlton have staged an amazing second-half fightback to upset the Western Bulldogs by 28 points in the AFL twilight match at Telstra Dome.

Blues captain Chris Judd was outstanding and full-forward Brendan Fevola summed up his team's game, finishing with six goals after a woeful first half as Carlton won 18.18 (126) to 15.8 (98).

The result means every team from second to seventh lost this weekend.

While the Blues stay in the hunt for the top eight, the Bulldogs are in trouble after last week's 61-point belting from top side Geelong.

The Bulldogs will stay second, but only scored two behinds from 21 minutes into the third term until the final siren.

As the 'Dogs ground to a halt, Carlton kicked nine unanswered goals.

The Bulldogs led by 37 points at 11 minutes into the third quarter, meaning the Blues staged a 65-point turnaround.

Judd was easily best afield with 32 touches in his 150th AFL game and Fevola kicked 6.5.

Five of Fevola's goals came in the second half.

The Blues started better, kicking two of the opening three goals for an early eight-point break.

After the Bulldogs scored the next two goals for a four-point break, Fevola took a mark about 50m from goal.

A late bump from opponent Brian Lake meant a 50m for Fevola and it should have been the simplest of goals, but the volatile Blues spearhead bumped Lake back.

The umpire took the ball off Fevola, costing his side a goal just when they badly needed one.

Fevola spent most of the first half sulking and seemed set for a dirty night.

The Bulldogs steadily built their lead through the second and third terms, despite a power of work by Judd in the midfield and four goals to 100-gamer Simon Wiggins.

Carlton were only just in touch in the third term and the Bulldogs looked ready to sew up the four points.

But the Blues then traded goals with the Bulldogs to keep the game within reach.

Key Bulldogs players such as Brad Johnson and Jason Akermanis were not having much influence on the game.

The Bulldogs still led by 31 points at 21 minutes in the third, before the Blues kicked the last three goals of the term to suddenly trail by just 11 points.

Carlton kicked nine unanswered goals either side of three-quarter time and Fevola put them in front with the opening two goals of the final term.

Adding to the Bulldogs woes, Dylan Addison was helped from the ground at the start of the final term with what appears to be a serious leg injury.

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