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Eagles players 'blamed for team's woes'

By Justin Chadwick 02/08/2010 05:19:18 PM Comments (0)

A frustrated Andrew Embley admits coach John Worsfold has been let down by his playing group in an AFL season that has West Coast in grave danger of collecting their first ever wooden spoon.

The Eagles remain anchored to the bottom of the table following Sunday's humiliating 75-point loss to arch rivals Fremantle, their biggest ever derby defeat.

West Coast (4-14, 76.3 per cent) tackle fellow strugglers Brisbane (5-13, 79.6 per cent) in Perth on Saturday night in a match that could decide who will collect the wooden spoon.

Embley sidestepped talk about the significance of the match but did concede the youth-laden Eagles had mostly themselves to blame for the club's current mire.

"I feel as a playing group we are letting down our coaching staff at the moment," Embley said on Monday.

"Just simple things, like not sticking to your structures, things you can control.

"We've got four weeks to really stick together and turn it around and hopefully we can get a few wins on the way home.

"The reward will come but I'm not sure when it will come.

"It's definitely a really young group but it's an exciting group. I know these young guys are working extremely hard on their game.

"I could imagine there's some pretty frustrated Eagles supporters out there and I can assure them that as a playing group we're extremely frustrated as well. "We've got to keep our head up and we are going to work through this. "In time we'll be able to look back at times like this and it will give us a fair bit of strength I reckon." Embley hoped his teammates were hurting just as much as him after the demoralising loss to Fremantle, who all but sealed the game with a seven-goals-to-nil opening term.

"I'm a proud West Coast Eagles player, I love this football club and I hate the position that we're in and you'd hope most of your teammates are thinking in the same boat," Embley said.

"A lot of people will be looking at this group to see how we respond this week. It's definitely ahead of us.

"We've just got to stick together as a group and fight through this." Embley was just one of four Eagles players with more than 100 games experience to feature against the Dockers.

The 29-year-old said the influx of youth meant it was imperative for him and the few other senior players left standing at the club to stay positive.

"I'm hanging in there, keeping my head up," he said.

"I still love the game and it's just a matter of staying really positive and keeping all of us older guys up and hopefully we can keep the young guys up as well.

"Keep trying to talk to them and (tell them) things will be OK, stay positive and hopefully it will turn around."

Defender Shannon Hurn, who missed the Dockers match due to hamstring tightness, is likely to return against Brisbane, but Chris Masten (rolled ankle) is a doubtful starter.

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