Loss makes trip home hard

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT - with Josh Kennedy

IT’S al­ways a long haul on the way home after a loss and it seemed longer than most re­turn trips after the Colling­wood game last week­end.

But you can’t af­ford to dwell on what hap­pened for too long. You need to an­a­lyse the game and look at the things you didn’t do as well as you could have, as well as high­light the pos­i­tives.

We do that with the coaches early in the week and then we move on.

We haven’t yet locked down a top-eight spot, so we know we have some work to do and we need to find a way to take our game to another level.

There have been a few games this year where we have met the stan­dards we ex­pect from each other, as well as the team col­lec­tively, but we sim­ply haven’t been con­sis­tent enough.

That was the case against Colling­wood. We played some re­ally good footy in the third quar­ter to work our way back into the game and we took the lead early in the last quar­ter, but then we dropped away again.

Not only are we look­ing to be more con­sis­tent from week to week, but we need to main­tain our stan­dards and our style of play from quar­ter to quar­ter.

In this com­pe­ti­tion, which is so tight, you can’t af­ford to drop off even slightly be­cause the op­po­si­tion will take ad­van­tage of it.

While there seems to be a split be­tween the top eight and the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion, any team on any given day is ca­pa­ble of beat­ing another.

This week, no doubt, there will be the usual build-up around town ahead of the Western Derby.

I know in most work­places there will be a few light-hearted jibes in the lead-up to the game and for a few days after the game too.

While Fre­man­tle’s sea­son has not panned out the way they would have imag­ined, we have great re­spect for them and are look­ing for­ward to this chal­lenge. While the ri­valry gets played out all over the State, we’ll just fo­cus on pre­par­ing for another qual­ity op­po­nent.

We prob­a­bly need one more win to guar­an­tee our place in the fi­nals, so that will be our tar­get go­ing into the derby.

We want to lock away that topeight spot and then start to work on push­ing higher up the lad­der.

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