West Coast coach Adam Simpson says the Eagles accept they will be criticised again for their poor record on the road, but it doesn’t worry him.
The Eagles’ 13.15 (93) to 11.11 (77) loss to Greater Western Sydney at Giants Stadium has them two games outside of the top four almost midway through the season, with four of their five losses outside of WA.
“People look at it obviously like that and no worries, if you don’t win on the road you can be critical, go for your life. It doesn’t really change what we do and doesn’t worry me in the fact that you think that,” Simpson said when questioned about the poor away record.
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“It’s the reality, so we need to own it.
“We just want to win it doesn’t matter where. I think most people’s away record is not as good as their home record, but we accept it. No excuses.”
Simpson scoffed at suggestions if the game was played at Optus Stadium that they would’ve walked away with the four points.
“We want to play a really consistent, strong brand every week,” he said.
“Today I thought we were pretty good, but not good enough.
“You don’t have to win every week, but you have to play in a way that you’re proud of and I thought today we had a good crack. We weren’t good enough and we understand that and it was a game that we thought we could’ve won.
“That’s what we’ll review and move on with.”
Simpson would not rule out an early return for star Elliot Yeo for this weekend’s clash against Essendon at Optus Stadium after the dual best and fairest got through his first game in nine months in the WAFL on Saturday.
“We’ve been really patient with Yeoy. It’s always been a longer-term view,” he said.
“Part of this progression is how does he pull up? If he pulls up great, fresh, he got his minutes in, had eight or nine tackles and jumping out of his skin on Monday then we can talk.
“If he pulled up a little bit sore and these things you don’t feel pain through straight away, he might need another week. So we’ll assess him (on Monday).”