West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson has downplayed concerns surrounding his team’s away form despite another loss away from Optus Stadium.
The Eagles were locked in a tense contest all afternoon but succumbed to the GWS Giants, who ran out 13. 15. (93) to 11. 11. (77) winners at GIANTS Stadium.
The loss was West Coast’s fourth away from Perth, leaving Simpson’s men with an unenviable 0-4 away record so far in the season.
However, following the loss, Simpson refused to express any great concern about his team’s woes away from home.
“It’s a reality so we need to own it,” he said.
“We just want to win, it doesn’t matter where. I’m sure it’s going to be written about. I think most teams’ away record is not as good as it is at home, but we accept it. No excuses.”
The win sent the Giants, who are 5-5 after 10 rounds, into the top eight, with reigning premiers Richmond in ninth on percentage.
Lachie Whitfield enjoyed his best match since his return from injury, finishing with 29 disposals and a goal in the win, while young gun Tom Green continued to impress with 27 disposals of his own.
In the absence of stand-in skipper Toby Greene, Jeremy Finlayson was electric up forward for the Giants with three goals, while Green, Bobby hill, Zach Sproule and Matt Flynn all kicked two goals apiece.
The Giants face a stiff task in Round 11 with a trip to Brisbane on the cards, while West Coast will return to the friendly confines of Optus Stadium to host Essendon.