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Eagles still have the firepower: Hams
Eagles still have the firepower: Hams

Ashton Hams says West Coast still have the attacking firepower to kick winning scores as they face a dogfight to keep their finals hopes alive.

The Eagles managed just six goals from 36 inside-50m entries as they were comprehensively outplayed by Fremantle on Saturday.

The crushing western derby loss means West Coast are not guaranteed of finals action.

They still have Geelong, Port Adelaide, Collingwood and Hawthorn to come in a brutal four weeks to finish the season.

They are only a win and percentage clear of ninth place.

West Coast have kicked 12 goals or less in four of their past five matches in a worrying trend.

The only exception came in the round-18 thrashing of lowly Brisbane when they feasted with 28 goals against a side sitting 13th with just seven wins.

The scoring drought is evidence they are starting to feel the pinch without injured trio Josh Kennedy, Mark LeCras and Mark Nicoski.

"You can't make too many excuses up," said Hams, conceding the modest goal return was a concern.

"We've got Josh out. Hopefully he'll get back soon and obviously Lecca (LeCras) is still out.

"But we've got the boys there. Lynchy (Quinten Lynch) is still there, a resting ruckman is normally a good target.

"You look at last week where we smashed Brisbane, so we can definitely do it as a forward line group. It just didn't come off today.

"They dropped off really well and our skills going inside 50 weren't the best, so it didn't help the big boys. There's always next week."

Second-year forward Jack Darling was West Coast's only real marking presence.

He kicked a team-high two goals, but finished with his right elbow heavily taped in another concern.

Hams contributed one goal from 12 disposals and said he, Lynch and Josh Hill would have to lift over coming weeks. But he hasn't given up hope of finishing in the top four.

"Obviously we want to finish as high as we possibly can, so that means not dropping any more games," Hams said.

"We go out there to win every game. If we do that, we'll be top four. That's obviously still our goal."

Hams said the Eagles had four weeks to prove they could still challenge the better teams, starting with Geelong at Patersons Stadium on Friday.

"They've been a good side for five or six years now," Hams said.

"We want (to play) the teams in good form and if we can get a win it's good for us."

The West Australian

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