DENNINGTON coach Ben Thornton praised a number of his players who stood up in his side's defeat to Old Collegians on Saturday.
The playing mentor, who dislocated his shoulder, was one of two casualties for the Dogs' midfield alongside Tom Fitzgerald (concussion) in the 13.21 (99) to 6.6 (42) defeat.
Thornton turned to Matt Dwyer and Tom Noonan to play roles in the midfield in place of himself and Fitzgerald.
"Those two blokes haven't played midfield and they stood up and helped us out. If they didn't stand up the game would have got away from us earlier," he said.
Thornton, who will get his shoulder assessed during the week, also praised defender Zeb McKenna and Ethan Dowd.
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The duo were named in the best players alongside Noonan with McKenna adjudged best on ground for the Dogs.
Thornton said McKenna flies under the radar and does everything right to help the team defend and rebound.
He said Dowd responded well to a chat they had during the week and adjusted his game based on the advice he received from his coach.
The Dogs play Timboon Demons next week.
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