Wayward Eagles start to worry Simpson
Wayward Eagles start to worry Simpson

West Coast coach Adam Simpson has probably been waking up in cold sweats over the past fortnight thinking about his team's inaccuracy.

On the one hand, the waywardness has become a big worry, especially on the back of West Coast's three-game losing run.

But on the other hand, Simpson sees it as a good problem to have.

The Eagles have kicked a combined 19.31 in their recent losses to Port Adelaide and Carlton.

In each of those games they've had more scoring shots than their opponents.

Simpson admits his team's inaccuracy is an issue that needs to be promptly fixed.

But he's at least happy his team are generating enough scoring opportunities to win games.

"If that's the biggest thing you need to fix, it's a good problem to have because it tells you you're doing a lot of things right," Simpson told Perth radio station 6PR.

But he agreed the issue needs to be addressed.

"I don't think it's set shots (that are the problem) at the moment. I think we missed eight or nine shots that were either snaps or on the run. For us that's our focus for the next few weeks."

The Eagles will be aiming to snap out of their losing funk when they take on arch rivals Fremantle in Sunday's western derby.

Skipper Darren Glass will slot straight back into the side after serving a one-match ban, while defender Shannon Hurn is an outside chance to return after overcoming a knee injury.

Fremantle will be bolstered by the return of goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne, but midfielder Michael Barlow (knee) is unlikely to be available.

The West Australian

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