It was a conversation that Elliot Yeo was probably dreading, but here we are.
“Yeah, it hasn’t been great,” Yeo told 96FM’s Gavin Miller regarding West Coast’s heavy back-to-back defeats to the Western Bulldogs and the Swans.
“We haven’t really played the football we want to play, we’re probably not as connected as we usually are on-field and we’re working extremely hard to get better.”
West Coast suffered a 55-point loss to the Western Bulldogs, followed by a horror 92-point loss to Sydney… and fans have been quick to savage the team and coach Adam Simpson on social media.
“Yeah, I mean, we played two bad games in, I dunno, since Simmo’s been at the helm, really,” Yeo said. “That’s been a long time where we’ve had two consecutive bad games.”
Former Saints star Leigh Montagna had said Simpson’s game plan that won the 2018 flag has “run its race”, among other ‘end of an era’ sentiments that have dogged the Eagles this past week.
“I think a lot of people have been quick to jump on the boat, whether or not that’s just because we’re such a successful club and people are pretty easy to pull the trigger,” he said, adding that the losses were, indeed, “uncharacteristic” before simply reiterating: “In the end, we still need to get better.”
Yeo was pragmatic when it came to silencing the critics.
“The only thing you can do to shut them up is win games of football.”
West Coast have the chance to work their way up the ladder over the next month with winnable games against North Melbourne, Adelaide, St Kilda and Collingwood.
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