West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson says his team is “making no excuses” for his performance this season after another loss.
Despite an improved performance in the second half, the Eagles were paid after conceding five unbeaten goals in the first half as Adelaide won 13. 10. (88) to 8. 9. (57).
A tough second half, which saw West Coast outscore Adelaide by four goals to five, allowed an eight-straight defeat of 50-plus points to avoid an AFL record, but Simpson was not ready for a win.
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“You don’t want it, it’s where it is right now, so we need to own it. We’re not making any excuses,” he said of his team’s rate trend.
“It’s really frustrating, but it’s not particularly relevant to me right now. We have to do something to fix it. That’s where we are.”
It was the Eagles’ eighth straight defeat, their only win in the fourth round against Collingwood, but Simpson acknowledged that his team had achieved a “small win”.
“I’m trying to balance that because we’ve got some small wins today but we’re still a long way off,” he said.
“We have to keep looking for that growth, we have to keep looking for players to improve and we have to keep working on our game sense.
“We probably saw a little more spirit today and they were ready to fight in the second half.”
Both the eagle and the crow will enjoy the farewell in Round 13, before the 14 round clash against the Cats and the Sun, respectively.
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