Scrutiny on struggling 'Dog Foran in NRL

Steve Zemek
Kieran Foran is coming under increasing pressure after failing to deliver for the Bulldogs

Canterbury coach Dean Pay has refused to point the finger at struggling playmaker Kieran Foran despite lamenting his side as being too one-dimensional.

Foran was once again well below his best as the Bulldogs barely fired a shot in their lacklustre 14-10 loss to the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

Foran appeared hampered by injury as he ran the ball just once for one metre in what was the Bulldogs' fifth loss in six games which leaves them languishing in 14th spot.

Through 12 rounds, Foran has come up with just six try assists and clearly needs to find something more after his side's ninth loss of the year.

After experiencing back pain following Saturday's captain's run, Foran's participation in the game was uncertain right up until kick-off.

He was clearly troubled during the warm-up and looked far from 100 per cent during the game.

His only bright spot was a linebreak in the first-half but even that was called back because he ran behind a teammate to create the gap.

After struggling with hamstring, back and shoulder problems over the last two seasons, questions remain whether the ex-Manly premiership-winner can ever get back to his best.

"He was okay," Pay said.

"He had a bit of an issue yesterday in the captain's run, he woke up a bit sore but he was fine."

Pay accused his side of lacking any sort of spark and expecting to hit the ball up and points to simply come on the back of it.

Their only try of the game came in the ninth minute when Brett Morris took advantage of an over-lap however they rarely looked like troubling the Tigers after that.

Asked if Foran and playmaking partner Matt Frawley need to take more ownership of the attack, Pay concurred.

"And everybody else out there," he said. "I'm not just blaming our halves."

"We've got to be better as a team because we're all looking around for someone to take control of the game and we can't find that person yet.

"It's been happening week after week."