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Lions loss haunts Eagles
Lions loss haunts Eagles. Pic: AFL Media

West Coast will be forced this week to confront a Brisbane defeat that was possibly their worst loss of the season in order to get their finals hopes back on track after a 49-point loss to Adelaide on Saturday.

The Crows picked up where Sydney left off six days earlier in ploughing through the Eagles' midfield.

But those losses came against genuine contenders, while the two-point defeat by the Lions in round 10 is one that still hurts.

West Coast defender Shannon Hurn said the performance against the Crows had been unacceptable but the players had to move on quickly to prepare for Brisbane at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.

"We don't like dwelling on the past too much, but we just didn't work hard enough in that game," Hurn said of the Brisbane loss.

"Whether we thought it was an easy game or not, who knows?

"It's about winning, every side wants to finish top four and every side says that.

"But I still believe if we play finals, our game plan and structures are good enough, regardless of personnel, to be able to play good footy and we should be able to keep going.

"But we certainly need to be playing better footy than we're playing now. It's important to win, we just have to win this week. Everyone will have to look at what they've been doing … we'll have to resurrect it."

Hurn may be scrutinised by the AFL match review panel for a second-quarter bump on his Adelaide rival Jared Petrenko.

He admitted he had been forced to work harder to get to more contests to try to shake the tight-checking tactics of opponents such as Petrenko, who repeated his effective effort in the NAB Cup grand final against the Eagles playmaker.

"You have to keep getting to contests, stay involved, lay a tackle, position yourself where the ball is going to go when the opposition is bringing it in," he said.

"Then when we win it, try and get down the line and get involved.

"Good players get to a lot of contests and I think I've added that to my game a bit in the last 18 months.

"But I've still got a long way to go to improve that."

Hurn said West Coast had strategies that could unsettle rivals' forward set-ups if they chose to target a defender.

But Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson said Petrenko had played his role to perfection.

"Just give him a really hard day at the office," Sanderson said of his pre-game instruction on how to combat Hurn.

"So wherever Hurn was, we wanted Petrenko to be. At different times I think Hurn got away, but overall I thought Petrenko's game was outstanding.

"You wouldn't think that externally, looking at his numbers, but his ability to keep one of their key drivers quiet was just great."

West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey has completed a suspension and forward Josh Hill should be fit for the Lions clash, but Sam Butler appeared to be nursing a sore left thigh after the Crows loss.

Midfielder Andrew Gaff, West Coast's best player against Adelaide, was scathing after the match about a lack of intensity.

"The ball starts in the middle and all of us as midfielders were pretty disappointing today - and we were last week," Gaff said.

"So we'll make a big effort to bounce back, not just next week against Brisbane, but for the rest of the season like we need to."

"All of us as midfielders were pretty disappointing today - and we were last week." "West Coast midfielder *Andrew Gaff *