Rosa backs Simpson blueprint for Eagles
Matt Rosa looks to break free from Michael Johnson. Pic: Getty Images

West Coast midfielder Matt Rosa insisted the players had great faith in new coach Adam Simpson's game plan after suffering a fourth straight loss in yesterday's western derby.

Rosa said the Eagles had their chances in the 19-point loss, admitting poor goal kicking was becoming a frustrating trend.

"It does feel like when we're out there we're having our opportunities," Rosa said.

"Who knows, if we'd kicked one or two of them instead of two points it puts them on the back foot and can change the whole state of the game.

"We have just got to make sure we start nailing them."

Rosa continued a solid year with 20 disposals and a late consolation goal against the Dockers and was positive about the changes made by Simpson since he took over from John Worsfold at the end of last season.

"We have got great faith in what the coaches are driving and the players have all bought in and we've given ourselves some opportunities, we are just not making the most of it," he said.

The Eagles players held a long meeting in the wake of the loss before meeting with the coaching staff.

"We just thought it was important for the lines to get together and just give their take on the game," Rosa said.

"Where we felt we were getting beaten, where we need to improve because we have got one game before the bye and we need to improve pretty quickly."

Rosa said Simpson did not mince his words in the wash-up.

"There were a few home truths given during the week and same again there," Rosa said.

"He's really disappointed, as are the players, so we've just got to make sure we turn it around.

"You can statistically see the areas where we are going wrong and it's pretty clear what we need to do to get better so we have just got to work really hard on the track and find something extra."

Rosa said he tweaked an ankle during the game but declared he would be fit to take on Greater Western Sydney at Patersons Stadium next Sunday.

"GWS are young and up and coming but they were right in the game against Port Adelaide and it's going to be a tough contest and we have got to make sure we bounce back," he said.

"We will try and move on pretty quickly, I am not sure how we've come out of it from an injury front but it was a tough, physical contest."

The West Australian

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