The West Coast Eagles were stunned by the Crows from the opening bounce of their disappointing loss at Adelaide Oval, and co-captain Liam Duggan says the team is focused on not allowing teams to be so quick out of the blocks.

Adelaide booted seven goals to nil in the opening term and was unrelenting on the way to a 99-point victory.

“It wasn’t pretty, especially the start we gave them,” Duggan said.

“We take full responsibility with that one and we’re really disappointed with that output on the weekend.

“But the good thing about footy is that we’re four days away from our next game, so we move on pretty quickly and we’ll park that game now and have it all done after this morning which is nice.”

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West Coast has struggled with their away form so far this season, with an average losing margin of 59 points on the road, but Duggan doesn’t think that was the main reason for the disappointing defeat.

“It was a bit of everything really, a lot has been said about our form away from home, but I don’t think it’s got a lot to do with that,” Duggan said.

“The footy ovals are still the same, the ball is still the same, we just can’t let sides get a start like that.

“And then the ‘away from home’ probably comes into it, the crowd gets involved, their good players start to do even better things, and we were on the back foot from the early stages.

“We’ve got to find a way to start better and not give sides that big of a break, we’re just not in a position at the moment to play catch up from that far behind.”


Questioned on the difference of routines and preparation between home and away games, Duggan says the club is constantly looking to rectify the inconsistencies.

“My whole time at the club we’ve tried different things, we’ll continue to try different things, but I don’t know what the answer is, I can’t put my finger on anything,” Duggan said.

“Part of it is just time and experience and getting used to travelling away, and it’s probably no surprise that our senior players find it easier to play away from home than the younger players.

"We’re going to stick to the process of how we play and the way that we want to go about it and hopefully that will come to fruition for us.”

The Eagles awarded young midfielder Campbell Chesser the Trademark Player following one of his best games last weekend, which included an outstanding chasedown tackle, highlighting his speed and agility.

“I knew he (Chesser) was pretty quick, but it was great to see it on game day for us, and in the defensive act which we lacked,” Duggan said.

Campbell Chesser lays a strong tackle.

“We lacked with our team defence on the weekend so to see an effort like that was pretty big and Campbell won our Trademark Player this week off the back of that effort.

“He was lightning, I just watched it back before, pretty impressive.”

The Eagles will suit up against St Kilda on Saturday at Optus Stadium and Duggan says the team is excited to get back in front of their home crowd and make amends for last round.

“It’s exciting for the fact that we get to bounce back from what we produced last weekend, that’s the most exciting part,” Duggan said.

“We’re really excited to be back home, we’ve got two in a row and then the bye so it’s a good little period for us.

“The Saints are really dangerous, so we’ve got to be at our best, and home or away, if we start the way we did on the weekend, any team is a good chance against us.

“We’ll be focused on our start, but really excited to be back home.”