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Fans have a field day giving Phil Gould credit for Canterbury’s shock defeat of the Roosters 

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Less than a week after Phil Gould let rip on Bulldogs players as he delivered a scathing assessment of their performances, Canterbury pulled off a stunning upset as they defeated the Sydney Roosters.

Josh Addo-Carr grabbed a brace in the 16-12 thriller at Accor Stadium, with the Roosters denied a late comeback after Joseph Suaalii’s try was ruled out by the bunker.

Twitter was in no doubt Gould’s impact was already being felt as the Bulldogs snapped a six-game losing streak to pick up their second win of the season.

The Bulldogs defeated the Roosters 16-12 just days after Phil Gould took charge of a training session on Tuesday during a tumultuous week for the club

Gould reportedly 'gave the Bulldogs a rocket' in a seismic dressing down of the NRL side

Gould reportedly ‘gave the Bulldogs a rocket’ in a seismic dressing down of the NRL side

The Bulldogs general manager of football, Gould has repeatedly distanced himself from the coaching role but after his tirade on Tuesday he took charge of training.

In turn, that led to speculations the rugby league great was taking matters out of Trent Barrett’s hands, only for the Bulldogs coach to insist it had been ‘his decision’ to let 64-year-old lead the training session.

Following a tumultuous week for the Bulldogs, Gould’s influence loomed even larger than usual on Saturday night as he sat in the coaching box with Barrett on the sidelines.

Fans were in doubt that Gould had already made his presence felt at Canterbury

Fans were in doubt that Gould had already made his presence felt at Canterbury

And attributed the Bulldogs' upset win over the Sydney Roosters to the 64-year-old

And attributed the Bulldogs’ upset win over the Sydney Roosters to the 64-year-old

Gould took charge of training on Tuesday, allegedly following a request from Trent Barrett

Gould took charge of training on Tuesday, allegedly following a request from Trent Barrett

And on Saturday night he sat in the coaches' box, with Barrett on the sidelines

And on Saturday night he sat in the coaches’ box, with Barrett on the sidelines

While the extent of Gould’s impact remains difficult to quantify, the Bulldogs sent the majority of the crowd into raptures with tireless defence and some eye-catching attack.

There was no second-half capitulation like there was against the Broncos a week ago with four unanswered tries.

Off the back of 60 per cent possession, Addo-Carr’s double means he’s now crossed for five tries in three games.

Perhaps the co-captaincy with Luke Thompson in the absence of veteran skipper Josh Jackson, suited Addo-Carr. 

Canterbury winger Josh Addo-Carr scored a first-half brace against the Roosters

Canterbury winger Josh Addo-Carr scored a first-half brace against the Roosters

The former Melbourne Storm star has now scored in each of his last three games

The former Melbourne Storm star has now scored in each of his last three games 

The man dubbed ‘The Foxx’ out-smarted markers Luke Keary and Joey Manu close to the line to score his first, then raced 85 metres for his second after intercepting a Sam Walker pass.

The Roosters were staring at a scoreless first half for the third time this season before a little Keary magic unfolded in the 38th minute. He sent a pinpoint ball to the north-eastern corner where the 196cm frame of Suaalii was waiting for his first NRL try of 2022.

It was enough to give some respectability to the halftime scoreline for the 2018 and ’19 premiers, who hadn’t lost to the Bulldogs since 2016.

James Tedesco continued the fightback after the halftime break, busting through a flimsy Matt Dufty-Ava Seumanufagai tackle for 10-8.

Roosters captain James Tedesco scored his side's second try of the evening on Saturday

Roosters captain James Tedesco scored his side’s second try of the evening on Saturday

Joseph Suaalii thought he had levelled the score late in the game but his try was disallowed

Joseph Suaalii thought he had levelled the score late in the game but his try was disallowed

But the Bulldogs’ reply had sting. First Matt Burton kicked a 40-20 and then Dufty redeemed himself with an over-the-top pass for Jayden Okunbor to score.

A 73rd-minute four-pointer to Sitili Tupouniua gave the Roosters a chance to steal the win, but it wasn’t to be.

No-one tried harder than Tedesco who ended up with 24 runs for 301 metres, one try, one line-break and 11 tackle-busts.

But several Dogs certainly left their mark. Halfback Kyle Flanagan made 20 tackles without a miss in the first game against his old club since they let him go at the end of the 2020 season.

Another off-season star recruit alongside Addo-Carr was Flanagan’s halves partner Burton, who had 18 kicks for 662 metres.

Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett said he was relieved to snap a six-game losing streak

Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett said he was relieved to snap a six-game losing streak

Speaking after the game, Barrett conceded he was relieved at snapping a six-game losing streak. 

‘We needed it [the win], I didn’t care how we got it,’ he said.

‘You never fault their effort, and I don’t like it when the club gets criticised – and we have all week.’

‘I’m just really happy for the players, first and foremost, and for everybody in the club.’

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