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Worsfold not thinking premierships yet

Justin Chadwick 09/07/2011 09:47:30 AM Comments (0)

West Coast coach John Worsfold refuses to talk up his team's premiership chances despite knocking off contenders Geelong and Carlton in consecutive AFL games.

Just two weeks after brushing aside Carlton by 36 points, the Eagles unleashed a blistering first half against the fast-finishing Cats to post a thrilling eight-point triumph at a packed Patersons Stadium on Friday night.

West Coast's 10th win of the season kept Worsfold's charges within striking distance of the top-four - a remarkable turnaround for a team that was a rabble during last year's wooden spoon campaign.

The Eagles have fast established themselves as one of the most feared teams in the competition - especially in the narrow confines of Patersons Stadium - but Worsfold said it was too early to start crowing about their premiership chances just yet.

"There's a lot of footy left. There's another 60 or 70 games of footy left this year across the competition," Worsfold said.

"We're really pleased with (Friday night's) effort, we've been pleased with our season to date, but we want to keep building towards what we've talked about all year and last year.

"We want to build up to a team that can potentially win a premiership one day.

"I got asked after the game 'are you proud of the boys tonight?'

"Well I've been proud of them since the day I walked back into coach this group and the group prior to that and the group prior to that.

"(But) it's pretty relentless this game.

"You don't get to sit back and really relax until the season's finished. And even then you're starting to focus on your squad and building your squad.

"These guys need to be inspired by just wanting to play good footy together and achieving results like (Friday night).

"And then if you happen to get the opportunity to play in finals football, that's just another game where you get to do the same again."

Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui faces a nervous wait following a clumsy front-on challenge on Geelong's Taylor Hunt early in the second quarter.

Hunt was unhurt in the incident and Naitanui wasn't reported, but the match review panel is almost certain to investigate the collision.

Geelong trailed by 40 points midway through the second quarter but had the chance to cut the deficit to three points in the final minute of the match after James Podsiadly snared a soaring mark close to goal.

However, Podsiadly's snap from a tight angle hit the post, ending the Cats' fightback and allowing West Coast to hold on for the 14.12 (96) to 13.10 (88) victory.

Geelong's fightback also came up short in last week's four-point loss to Essendon, but Cats coach Chris Scott praised his team's never-give-up spirit, saying it will hold them in good stead down the track.

"We left ourselves with way too much to do, but ... our guys are pretty tough, they're great character, even our young players," Scott said.

"They are showing that they play the Geelong way when the chips are down.

"The disappointing thing is we just didn't do it enough.

"If we had of got the game on our terms in the first 60 minutes, we would have been fine but gee, that's easy to say."

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