West Coast’s problem is not that they’re losing away from Perth.
It’s the fashion in which they are folding, according to coach Adam Simpson.
Saturday’s 44-point defeat in Geelong means the Eagles haven’t won outside Western Australia since round 16 of the 2015 season, when they defeated Collingwood.
“I can’t hide away from it. We’ve got to address the fact we haven’t really come close in the three games,” Simpson said of losses to Hawthorn, Sydney and Geelong.
“I don’t think losing is (the issue).
“We all want to win, don’t get me wrong.
“The disappointing thing for us is we’re not playing at our best.
“Winning and losing happens but to stay in the moment and in the contest for four quarters is our challenge every week. We just seem to do it better at home at the moment.”
Simpson suggested there was no easy answer to the problem.
“We do the basics well every second week at the moment,” he said.
“We’ve just got to keep chipping away. We can’t shy away from it.
“I’m going to cop a lot of questions this week and so be it.”
Eagles midfielder Matt Priddis lamented the way his side lost control of the contest in the second quarter.
“We weren’t able to stop that momentum,” Priddis said.
“It was a good fightback … but the disappointing thing is we want to pride ourselves on playing four quarters of that sort of footy.
“Obviously we haven’t won the last five or six games away. It’s something we have to deal with.”
EAGLES’ AWAY ANGST
*R7, 2016: 44-point loss to Geelong
*R5, 2016: 39-point loss to Sydney
*R2, 2016: 46-point loss to Hawthorn
*GF, 2015: 46-point loss to Hawthorn
*R22, 2015: 57-point loss to Adelaide
*R18, 2015: draw against Gold Coast