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Sam Mitchell comforts Luke Shuey after the final siren

West Coast joint vice-captain Luke Shuey believes there are some positives to take from the club’s eight-point loss to St Kilda at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Eagles failed to hold off a fast finishing Saints, who booted four of the last five goals to secure the win.

However, Shuey insisted the squad approached the game with the right. As a result, he was confident the squad’s youngsters would bank the experience and learn how to handle big moments in the future.

“I’m pretty positive about a lot of stuff we did,” Shuey said.

“The effort was there. We have a lot of young guys in our side, so it is good exposure for them.

“We still want to be winning the game, but I have no doubt these games will hold us in good stead.”

While West Coast is sure to use the game as a learning curve, Shuey didn’t shy away from the disappointing nature of the loss.

Shuey said the midfield group, in particular, had some pressing issued to address given St Kilda won the contested ball count 53-22 and the clearance battle 15-6 in the decisive final quarter.

“You always try to take the game by the scruff of the neck, especially in the midfield, it is usually where the game is won or lost,” he said.

“We just couldn’t get it out of our back half. That starts with us (the midfield group) and the ball movement. There is plenty to work on. 

“We were beaten in some key statistical areas, so that was disappointing and we have a lot work to do. I feel like we are on the right path in a lot of areas, but we aren’t happy with the loss.”

Shuey had 18 disposals, which was down on his season average of 26.2. Guarded with interest by Jack Steele, the 2016 John Worsfold Medallist is determined to use his individual performance against the Saints as inspiration for the reminder of the campaign.

“Steele was tough to get off; he did a pretty good job today,” Shuey said.

“I’ll probably give him the chocolates today unfortunately, but that’s good motivation to work harder this week and get better.”