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Rhys Dickinson  August 7, 2017 1:10 PM

Kennedy press conference 07.08.17 West Coast Eagles forward Josh Kennedy speaks to the media after the Eagles' loss to St Kilda
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Josh Kennedy fronted the media at Eagles HQ today

Every single Eagle must work harder to increase the team’s forward 50 supply over the next three weeks, according to Josh Kennedy.

West Coast lost the all-important inside 50 count 46-62 to St Kilda at Etihad Stadium yesterday but managed to stay in the contest as a result of its forward efficiency.

However, Kennedy said the team couldn’t continue to rely on its straight kicking to stay with teams in the run to the finals.

He said the entire squad, not just the midfield group, needed to step up its work rate to get the ball into dangerous areas.

“As a forward you do get a bit frustrated with a lack of supply, but we have been able to make the most of our opportunities with what we have been getting,” Kennedy said today.

“We have been trying to work on ways to get a bit more supply. It’s (a responsibility) for our whole group; that’s transition from the back line, to clearances, to stoppages to us as forwards trying to turn the ball over inside 50. There’s a whole range of things; it’s not just the mids. We’re trying to work together to get more supply.”

While the team has several issues to address, Kennedy made it clear their belief had not wavered following the eight-point loss to St Kilda.

He said the group would review its performance at Eagles HQ tomorrow and turn its attention to tackling Carlton as quickly as possible.

“It’s obviously not the result we wanted, but the season is still alive,” Kennedy said.

“We are just sitting outside the eight and there’s (three) games to go. The group has still got the belief that we can make finals.

“We’re all in, from the club to the coaches to support staff to players. We’ve got the belief that we can play finals this year. If there was any doubting that, there’s no point playing. We’ve had that all year and … we had it yesterday against St Kilda yesterday but St Kilda were just too good.

“We’ve got all our meetings and stuff tomorrow, so we will probably go through that last half and last quarter and get a gauge on what happened and then move on to training this week.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge against Carlton.”