20/04/2024

Eagles after their clash with Sydney. Photo: West Coast Eagles

After a disappointing loss to the Swans, West Coast coach Adam Simpson isn't putting the blame on anyone but is putting it down to work rate and effort.

This past week certainly hasn’t been the week that Adam Simpson and the Eagles had planned, after another embarrassing display this season following the club’s disappointing 92 point loss to the Sydney Swans down at GMHBA stadium.

One thing that Simpson isn’t doing is putting the blame or making excuses for the loss putting it down to lack of effort and work rate.

“A lot of it’s got to do with effort and work rate so it’s pretty evident that it’s hard to execute a style of play or how to defend opposition if we can’t bring that,” Simpson said.

“Our players are aware of that, trying to tap into why we were so poor for two weeks. 10 days ago we were in a pretty good position so working through the why is something we’re working on and continue to work on our method.”

“I think the message is we’re all in this together, it’s all of us.”

“So we need to back our players in, we need to be resilient and we need to be tough and hard when we play, we’re all in it together is the message, the whole club we’re not here to point fingers or blame people.”

After a couple of disappointing weeks, Simpson says that the talk won’t do and it’s up to the team to go out on Monday night and perform.

“I think like the coaches and myself we all feel responsible, so we own it is the direction going forward that’s as simple as it can be.

“Talk doesn’t really count in these situations, you’ve got to go out and perform and do I through your actions. Judge us on Monday night and hopefully we’re a bit better then we were on the weekend.”

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On a positive note, Optus Stadium will be back at 100 percent capacity Monday night. The clash will be the first time since round 13 that Eagles fans will flock to Optus.

“It’s important, it’s important across the competition if you can play In front of a crowd. Financially it’s been a bit of a struggle for everyone.

The game Monday night, I’m not sure what the weather is going to be like, it might be a bit rough but a full house is great and great for everyone.

“We didn’t have the crowd against the Bulldogs and missed the crowd in the derby earlier in the year.”

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