Falcons keen to get season back on track

Shane Nelson has the ball in his sights against the Royals on Monday. Picture: Dan White
Shane Nelson has the ball in his sights against the Royals on Monday. Picture: Dan White

IT was disappointing to perform that way when the stakes were so high; a traditional derby on a beautiful public holiday Monday (West Perth lost to East Perth by 10 points at Leederville Oval).

We didn’t defend very well at all. We gave them lots of opportunity to move the ball through the middle. We wanted to zone and fall back into space and we didn’t want to get up on a shoulder and defend strongly.

That played into our ball movement; we weren’t really brave with our movement. We were a bit tardy in the mind or a bit off with our application.

Our kicking skills were poor and our decision making poor.

A melee erupted at half-time at Leederville Oval. Picture: Dan White

Our third quarter was horrible. It was a dirty day, a very poor performance all round.

Preparing to host West Coast

The first part of this week will be recovery. It’s a six-day turnaround; a short break so we’ll make sure we get the bodies right.

We’ll review the game strongly on Tuesday night and train on Thursday night and Saturday morning.

And get into it on Sunday against West Coast; come back with a lot stronger effort I have no doubt.

The sooner we can get back out there, the sooner we get back into the season.

On coaching

It’s important to have a collaborative approach (with the players).

They are the ones out there playing the game.

I’ll certainly have my say at different times but I think it’s important to be collaborative.

I don’t have all the answers that’s for sure. It’s a case of working out who does have the right answer at the right time and making sure that voice is heard.