McCartney was full of praise for the Hawks, saying they were the best side he’s seen this season.
Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney says Hawthorn is the best side he has seen this season and are in with an extremely good shot at winning back-to-back premierships.
The Hawks defeated McCartney’s side by 62-points at Aurora Stadium on Sunday and the man in charge of leading the Bulldogs into a new era said Alastair Clarkson’s men were a cut above the rest of the league.
“They’ll be pretty hard to beat I think,” he said.
“I don’t know what their reaction to the win was but I haven’t seen too many better teams than them this year, to be honest. They’re probably the best I’ve seen.
“They can deal with games and win however it’s needed. Today they were strong and passionate about beating us at our strength, which is at the stoppage and contested ball area.
“We had patches where they got some dominance and we didn’t deal with that very well.”
The win propelled Hawthorn back to the summit of the AFL ladder with just four matches left to play.
The Hawks play Melbourne next week before a difficult round of matches against Fremantle in Perth, before taking on Geelong and Collingwood.