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Adrian Hickmott will be calling on all his Eagles to fight it out for four quarters on Sunday

Adrian Hickmott will be calling on all his Eagles to fight it out for four quarters on Sunday

West Coast midfield coach Adrian Hickmott says the Eagles must be more consistent in the contest during this Sunday’s 46th Carlton Draught Derby.

Hickmott told SPORT FM today that the squad couldn’t afford to go to sleep against an up-and-about Dockers outfit who were full of confidence following their last-gasp Round 16 win against North Melbourne.

Reflecting on last week’s loss to Port Adelaide, Hickmott said: “It’s disappointing to lose any game, let alone with fans and members here. We thought we worked hard for about three quarters and even at three quarter time, we just couldn’t get the job done. Port Adelaide were just more consistent in the contest and our ability to finish off is a challenge for us and we’ll keep improving on that.”

Hickmott also addressed fan queries suggesting the Eagles weren’t quick enough to match it with the Power.

He said match committee was comfortable with its selections, who proved to be a thorn in Port Adelaide’s side for much of the contest.

“We were up by 30 points at one stage,” Hickmott emphasised.

“It’s just our ability inside the contest to be consistent at that. We know Port Adelaide are a strong side in there. We went with them and our speed didn’t hurt us, it was more about us being consistent at the contest. Teams who are best at that usual end up being the victors at the end.”

On the upcoming derby, Hickmott said the Eagles couldn’t afford to take the Dockers lightly.

“Freo over the last few weeks have been really competitive,” the assistant coach said.

“(Captain Nathan) Fyfe, (Michael) Walters and their midfield work extremely hard and they’ve got some good, young targets up forward.

“It is going to be a good challenge. It’s the last derby at this ground, so that’s exciting as well.”