West Coast forward Josh Kennedy believes his team can escape their worrying form funk with a simple change of mindset, saying they need to get better at the contest.
The Eagles started the AFL season as one of the premiership favourites, but their title credentials are now being questioned following disappointing losses to Gold Coast and Brisbane.
West Coast have been well beaten in the contested possession count in all of their three games this season and coach Adam Simpson has implored his players to get their hands dirty.
Kennedy said the team was fit and talented enough, but were letting themselves down in the contest.
“A little bit comes towards just actually winning the football,” Kennedy told Perth radio station 6PR.
“If you can’t win the football, you can’t get the ball movement that we rely on and you can’t get the inside 50s.
“There have been a few things that have been breaking down in the chain of our style of play, but we’re working on them.
“The ability’s there. We’ve got the guys who are pretty talented guys, so it’s just a matter of getting them on track and doing what they do best.”
West Coast boosted their midfield power during the off-season by signing star onballer Tim Kelly.
The return to fitness of ruckman Nic Naitanui has added further potency to the midfield unit.
But Kennedy says it’s now important for the team to get their mindset right.
“Mindset in football is a hard thing to crack,” Kennedy said ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash with unbeaten Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium.
“Being able to get in sync with the 18 or 22 that are playing sometimes can be difficult.
“Sometimes guys are worrying about other guys, some guys are too internal and not thinking outside of themselves.
“So there’s a lot of factors that come into the mindset and psych of football and professional sport. Once we improve on that – the skill is there, we’ve just got to be able to apply it.”
Eagles defender Jeremy McGovern is expected to be fit to tackle Port after scans cleared him of serious damage to his rolled ankle.
The Power are flying at 3-0 after putting Gold Coast, Adelaide and Fremantle to the sword.