West Coast coach Adam Simpson wants Scott Lycett to maintain his aggressive style despite the ruckman’s latest head-high hit.
Lycett was charged with striking by the AFL’s match review panel on Monday for his high bump on North Melbourne’s Jack Ziebell.
Ziebell wasn’t badly hurt by the bump, and Lycett can escape with a $1000 fine with an early plea.
Lycett was suspended for one match earlier this season after striking Richmond’s Ty Vickery in the face.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson didn’t think Lycett’s latest incident was anything to worry about, and he wants the ruckman to continue his tough approach.
“It looked like part of the game. I didn’t think that was deliberate,” Simpson said of the bump.
“We want him aggressive. Ruckmen need to be aggressive.
“You can’t survive in this comp if you’re not assertive in that position.”
Sharrod Wellingham and Patrick McGinnity also escaped with $1000 fines for bumping opponents into the fence during Sunday’s 32-point win over North Melbourne.
Lycett played a critical role in the win.
Although Kangaroos ruckman Todd Goldstein tallied a whopping 65 hit-outs, Lycett helped ensure West Coast only lost the clearance battle by five.
He also restricted Goldstein to just 11 disposals and one goal.
“We were really happy with Scott,” Simpson said.
“Obviously we were missing Nic (Naitanui), and Scott’s taken on more and more responsibility. He never gave up today. It was a step forward for him.”
The fifth-placed Eagles (10-5) are just one win adrift of second spot ahead of games against lesser lights Carlton (MCG), Melbourne, Collingwood (MCG) and Fremantle.
Former Lion Jack Redden is in line for a recall for Sunday’s clash with Carlton after notching 34 disposals in the WAFL.
Lewis Jetta and Josh Hill are under pressure to hold their spots after tallying just nine disposals each against the Kangaroos.