‘We got beaten up’: West Coast coach Adam Simpson laments Eagles loss to St Kilda

The West Australian
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West Coast coach Adam Simpson has confirmed celebrations for Shannon Hurn taking the Eagles games record have been put on ice after a tough loss to St Kilda on Saturday.

Simpson was critical of his side’s lack of composure as the Eagles blew a 33-point lead to lose 15.12 (102) to 13.4 (82) at Marvel Stadium.

“We thought St Kilda’s pressure was there all night,” Simpson said.

“It elevated in the second half and we couldn’t handle it.”

The disappointed Eagles coach said his side didn’t match the physicality of the Saints when the game was on the line as West Coast conceded eight straight goals.

“We got beaten up in the midfield and we couldn’t stop momentum with the contest,” he lamented.

“They forced us into fumbles, poor decisions and they capitalised. We just couldn’t get momentum back.

“They were more desperate than we were obviously.”

The Saints had come into the Eagles clash on the back of two disappointing losses - an 18-point defeat to Melbourne in the Danny Frawley tribute match and a 75-point drubbing at the hands of Essendon.

Simpson said the Eagles expected a fired-up St Kilda outfit, but it was West Coast with the first three goals of the match.

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That lead pushed out to 33 points in the third term as Jack Petruccelle (four goals), Oscar Allen, Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy (two goals apiece) ran riot.

But the Saints went up a gear the Eagles couldn’t match.

“When the game was right at that point where we could have put the hammer down, belief was still there with the Saints,” Simpson said.

“It was there all day. They showed tremendous heart.

“Unfortunately for all of our forwards, in the second half I think we had 13 inside 50s.

“They’re not completely bereft of being blamed as well. I think our contest in the front half, centre forward, was poor. But inside 50s was so stark.

Eagle Brad Sheppard leaves the field in his 200th match.
Camera IconEagle Brad Sheppard leaves the field in his 200th match. Credit: Mike Owen/AFL Photos

“We’re really disappointed. It was Brad Sheppard’s 200th game. We had a nice lead that we worked hard to get and the third quarter could have been even worse. The momentum was there.

“I thought three quarter time was a great opportunity to re-set and get back to business and we just couldn't do it.”

Simpson confirmed injured veteran Shannon Hurn would get scans on his calf, as his attempt to become the Eagles all-time games record holder remains on ice.

“He’s done a little calf. A little soleus,” Simpson said.

“We’ll get it scanned. Soleus’ aren’t terrible but it probably rules you out for a week or two.”

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