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Attack makes life easy for West Coast

Justin Chadwick 27/06/2011 04:12:11 PM Comments (0)

West Coast's potent attack has made life easier for the AFL club's midfield, according to in-form winger Andrew Embley.

The Eagles' aerial prowess was on full display in Sunday's shock 36-point victory over Carlton, with the 17-3 inside 50m mark count proving decisive in the result.

Talls Josh Kennedy, Quinten Lynch and Jack Darling, along with goalsneaks Mark LeCras and Mark Nicoski, have combined brilliantly this season to help the Eagles rise to fifth on the table.

Embley said the marking power up forward meant the midfield had a glut of options.

"To have three tall forwards up there, a lot of people say it might not work, but Josh Kennedy is in really good form, Lynchy's had a fantastic year (and) Jack Darling's been sensational for us," Embley said on Monday.

"Then you've got crumbing forwards like Mark LeCras and Mark Nicoski. It's a really good mix there and I know the guys are working really well together.

"We've got a variety of options up there and as a midfielder you look up and can give it to any one of them.

"It puts the opposition under pressure. It's not like we're kicking the ball to one particular person all the time where they can zone off their opponents and stop them."

West Coast, who are just two points adrift of fourth-placed Carlton, have the bye this weekend before taking on Geelong in a Friday night blockbuster in Perth on July 8.

The Cats remain unbeaten after 13 games, but Embley was confident the Eagles could dent that record.

"I think we can (beat Geelong).

"They're playing great football, but that win against Carlton does give us confidence to beat a top-four team. We'll get ourselves ready for that and it's just really exciting.

"We had high expectations, believe it or not, at the start of the year and we thought that if we continued to do all the things we've been doing - playing team football, really working hard on our defensive pressure, tackling - then the results would come.

"If someone said to me at the start of the year we'd be two points out of the top four come round 14, I would have taken that for sure."

Eagles defender Beau Waters is set to line up in the WAFL on Saturday in his first match back after injuring his elbow in round two.

But given West Coast's strong defensive effort against the Blues, where Eric Mackenzie, Will Schofield, Darren Glass, Sam Butler and Ashley Smith all contributed strongly, Waters is by no means a certainty to squeeze his way back into the line-up against Geelong.

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