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Graham confident forwards will find their range

Rhys Dickinson  May 19, 2017 10:45 AM

ECU Coaches Box: Rd 9 v Bombers West Coast Eagles forwards coach Jaymie Graham looks at this Sunday's clash with Essendon
Jaymie Graham is confident Josh Kennedy will find his range against the Bombers on Sunday

Jaymie Graham is confident Josh Kennedy will find his range against the Bombers on Sunday

West Coast forwards coach Jaymie Graham is confident Josh Kennedy’s troubles in front of goals will be short-lived.

The two-time Coleman medallist could have sealed West Coast’s win over the Western Bulldogs in the final quarter, but he skewed three-straight set shots wide of the major opening and left the door open for the reigning premiers.

Graham said although the whole team was shaky in front of the big sticks, he had faith they would find their range against Essendon on Sunday.

“It was disappointing,” he said.

“I know JK was a bit flustered after the game.

“As we know, Josh is usually pretty reliable, but what can happen in games is that they might not be pressure shots from an angle or distance point of view, but once the pressure mounts from a scoreboard point of view they become (harder).

“The fact that the boys have got routines we are comfortable with, so I think this week they’ve just got to go back to practicing routines when there’s pressure on.”

West Coast will need to sharpen up all across the paddock if it wants to topple the Bombers at the weekend.

Josh Worsfold’s men have been playing high intensity football in recent weeks and they will enter Sunday’s contest full of confidence after knocking off Geelong at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

“They are really taking the game on,” Graham said.

“They’ve got some hard-running midfielders who like to get back and support their back line. They are taking the game on with their ball movement and they are kicking some big scores, so we are going to have to be at our best.”