Eagles to learn from Sydney hiding
West Coast midfielder Matt Priddis says the Eagles need to play more like Sydney if they are to thrust themselves back into the AFL’s top-four.
The Swans made a mockery of West Coast’s 18-game winning streak at Patersons Stadium, posting a dominant 52-point triumph on Sunday that sent the Eagles tumbling down to fifth.
Sydney’s tough, uncompromising and pressure-filled style simply overwhelmed the injury-hit Eagles, who were missing eight of their best 22 players.
West Coast face a stern test against second-placed Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Saturday, and Priddis said the Eagles took plenty of lessons out of the way Sydney performed.
“I think they just played the sort of footy we want to play,” Priddis said on Monday.
“They were really hard at the contest, they ran very hard and I think we were a little bit off in those areas.
“They definitely beat us in those two areas and that’s pretty much the game.
“We allowed them over 60 inside 50s and when you do that they’re obviously going to kick a score that can win.”
West Coast remain hopeful forward Jack Darling (tight hamstring) will be fit to take on the Crows, while the return of Quinten Lynch from suspension is a major boost to the club’s depleted forward stocks.
Goalsneaks Josh Hill (hamstring) and Ashton Hams (soreness) are also chances to return, while Pat McGinnity will be free to play if he accepts the match review panel’s offer of a reprimand for his solid hit on Ryan O’Keefe.
The Eagles are now a game adrift of the top three sides, and sizeable percentage behind fourth-placed Hawthorn.
The run home is a tough one for West Coast, who face Adelaide, Geelong, Hawthorn and Collingwood among their seven remaining games.
But Priddis said the tough draw was actually a good thing.
“The best thing about it is we play most of the teams that are in the top six, and if we’re good enough we’ll finish top four,” Priddis said.
Adelaide will welcome back Kurt Tippett from concussion, and will be primed for the Eagles after disposing of GWS by 119 points on Sunday.© AAP 2013
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