Sport Time for excuses at Eagles is over: Wayne Carey

11:16  21 april  2017
11:16  21 april  2017 Source:   msn.com

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Wayne Carey says it's time for West Coast to put up or shut up, claiming the Eagles risk being AFL also-rans if they can't beat struggling Hawthorn at the MCG. Carey said the time for excuses at West Coast are over .

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Wayne Carey says it's time for West Coast to put up or shut up, claiming the Eagles risk being AFL also-rans if they can't beat struggling Hawthorn at the MCG.

West Coast have lost four of their past five matches at the MCG, including an 11-point loss to Richmond a fortnight ago.

Sunday's match against Hawthorn will be the last time West Coast play at the MCG before finals, placing extra importance on the game.

Carey said the time for excuses at West Coast are over.

"I obviously played with Simmo for a long time and he's done a very good job at West Coast," Carey told Triple M radio.

"(But) he gets very, very defensive when West Coast's away record (comes up). He gets his back right up.

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Darling went into the half- time break with four goals from four contested marks. When the final siren blew he’d handed over a lot of responsibility to his teammates, but his tally sat at 22 goals for the year, two short of And all this is not even mentioning the Eagles ’ increasingly impressive record this year.

WAYNE Carey has told West Coast coach Adam Simpson it’s time to face the ugly truth. The Eagles play a winless Hawthorn on Sunday and — given The match is at the MCG and if there’s a question mark hovering over West Coast’s head it’s to do with its ability to win interstate, particularly in the

"Well it's time to put up or shut up, I reckon.

"If they get beaten by Hawthorn on the weekend, you know what Simmo? No more of this, 'oh we're not that bad away'.

"You know what Simmo? You're crap away."

Simpson refused to hit back at his former Kangaroos teammate, and denied the MCG had become a hoodoo ground for the Eagles.

"He's paid to make comments. I'm not going to get involved in Duck's commentary," Simpson said.

"We haven't got a leg to stand on when we lose, so all we can do is play at our best.

"I don't think winning and losing is the issue for us when we travel. We've actually had some pretty good wins interstate in the last five times we've played.

"It's just we haven't played at our best consistently enough.

"I'll let Wayne continue his commentary. Good for him."

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Hawthorn sit last on the table after opening their season with four-straight losses.

But Simpson, who served as an assistant at Hawthorn until 2013, said Alastair Clarkson's side remained formidable.

"I'm looking at the Hawthorn side, and looking at their forward line in particular, and they're all still potentially in the peak of their careers," Simpson said.

"There's probably a combination of 20 premierships in that forward line, and five All-Australians, and they're all under 30.

"So it's not a matter of it's gone past them, it's just when are they going to get back to their good form."

The Eagles were dealt a blow this week when star midfielder and former Hawk Sam Mitchell was ruled out of Sunday's game with an ankle injury.

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West Coast have bounced back from last week's AFL loss to Hawthorn with a big win over arch rivals Fremantle in Perth on Saturday night.The Eagles were labelled mummy's boys who lacked a ruthless edge in the wake of last week's 51-point AFL loss to Hawthorn at the MCG.

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