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Eagles watch horror movies on week off

By Tim Clarke 13/05/2008 03:28:26 PM Comments (0)

West Coast's crestfallen players have spent their week off watching horror movies - specifically their second quarter against Carlton.

Conceding eight goals and four 50m penalties in one term against Chris Judd's Blues on their last outing plunged the Eagles already ramshackle season to a new low, and prompted coach John Worsfold to label it the worst quarter during his time coaching the club.

But rather than try and forget the nightmarish second period of round seven, which consigned West Coast to their sixth successive loss in 2008, Worsfold said the players had been made to relive it in minute detail.

"(The players watched) the second quarter versus Carlton specifically. It was a very bad quarter, probably one of the worst I have seen the boys play in my time coaching," Worsfold told Fairfax radio.

"They had a look at that, went through different areas of the game where we fell down and we got the players to identify it rather than pointing it all out, we showed them the excerpts and let them identify the areas.

"They had a real good assessment of where they all sit, and with the younger players playing this year there has been a bit less of a constructive voice on the field.

"They have identified that some of the guys that don't see themselves as senior players need to step up and be a stronger voice to direct some of the younger players around them.

"We think that is a good step forward, and hopefully that is part of us getting a more consistent four quarter effort."

Even a week without a game appears to have done West Coast no favours, with forward Chad Jones badly spraining an ankle in training, and Daniel Kerr also injured during Saturday night's Dream Team appearance against Victoria.

With Kerr suspended for two more games, Worsfold said the midfielder was expected to be fit to face Collingwood at the MCG in round ten.

And with captain Darren Glass left out of the showcase game in Melbourne, Worsfold said he was feeling better for a week off, along with the rest of his squad.

"Glassy was pretty keen to play, but the fact he has had a rest now I think is good for us and he looked really fresh on the track," Worsfold said.

"They deemed he was not in the final side, from what I gather it was more because of a bit of soreness they were not going to play him. He is fresh and ready to go this week."

With Matt Priddis set to return from the knee injury which has sidelined him since round three, 19 year-old Tim Houlihan appears in line for a debut after a 36 possession, two goal performance for East Fremantle in the WAFL last weekend.

"He has excited a few of us with the way he ran the game out on the wing at the weekend," Worsfold said.

And searching to break a run of defeats only exceeded once in the club's history, Worsfold said he was looking forward to the Eagles' first visit to Carrara since 1992 - a venue where the club has never lost - despite predictions of a tiny crowd.

"We need to string wins together, but we can't string them together until we start with one," Worsfold said.

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