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Bullish Worsfold disagree with Nisbett

By Tim Clarke 06/04/2008 01:23:21 PM Comments (0)

West Coast coach John Worsfold has agreed to disagree with chief executive Trevor Nisbett's criticism of senior players - while at the same time saying his on-field leaders were still making too many basic mistakes.

For the fourth time in five attempts, Eagles will fans must bear the brunt of Fremantle posturing this week after the Dockers took out Saturday's western derby by 14 points on the back of Matthew Pavlich's five goals.

Having copped a fearful spray from Nisbett after the 76-point flogging by Adelaide the previous week, West Coast's senior group was better with Daniel Kerr racking up 33 touches and Dean Cox again impressive.

But having twice pegged back the Dockers, the Eagles could not find the killer blow in the final quarter with Worsfold saying goals from turnovers were killing his new-look side.

"In a 15 minute period in that second quarter I think they kicked five goals, and that was the game well and truly," Worsfold said.

"We turned the ball over and they got easy rebound goals on us, at least three of those five were just from our errors.

"And I don't think it is new players making mistakes, it is players that have been around for a long time making more errors - and that is what we will address.

"We'll work out who's making those errors and they have to work harder to make sure they don't make those mistakes."

A look at the statistics shows that between them Cox, Kerr, Brent Staker, Adam Hunter and Ashley Hansen had 27 clangers - with Andrew Embley admitting errors were starting to hurt.

"Poor decision making at times really cost us, and we regard ourselves as a really skilful team," Embley said.

"To make those skill errors really does let us down.

"But we are all in this together, it is not blaming backs, midfielders or forwards. It is all about digging deep."

And on the back of the chief executive's criticism - where he said players had embarrassed themselves against the Crows - Worsfold admitted he had not agreed with some of the Nisbett's comments and told him so.

"I did not have any concerns about it, but I did speak to Trevor about it," Worsfold said.

"My opinion was that the senior players at that stage - Ash Hansen was the one who had two games below par, but the other guys were going OK.

"I spoke to Trevor about that, and he agreed in some cases. But he has still got the right to voice his opinion.

"We all understand last week as a team was sub standard, whether it was those leadership players that needed to be targeted - I disagreed with that, but I have got no dramas with it."

And neither has Worsfold any dramas about a showdown in Sydney next week, which if they lost would consign West Coast to their worst start to a season since 1996.

"Can't wait, bring it on, why wouldn't you want to play AFL footy - these guys have got the chance to front up, and that is what they do, they love it," Worsfold said.

"I think our group is good enough to take on any opposition in this competition."

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