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West Coast coach Adam Simpson vows the Eagles will endure despite huge injury list

West Coast coach Adam Simpson has declared the Eagles won’t back off in their quest to finish in the top four, despite Jeremy McGovern joining the enormous injury list after damaging his hamstring during last night’s stunning win over St Kilda.

The Eagles moved back into fourth position after beating the Saints 9.11 (65) to 6.14 (50), but huge doubts hang over when McGovern will play again. Simpson doesn’t know the severity of the All-Australian defender’s injury but said “it didn’t look like a twinge.”

West Coast will re-gain Dom Sheed (hamstring) and Brendon Ah Chee (finger) for next week’s game against North Melbourne, but will still be missing Luke Shuey, Elliot Yeo, Jack Redden, Jamie Cripps, Lewis Jetta and Mark Hutchings.

Eagles coach Adam Simpson celebrates after winning the round 17 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the West Coast Eagles at The Gabba.
Camera IconEagles coach Adam Simpson celebrates after winning the round 17 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the West Coast Eagles at The Gabba. Credit: Jono Searle/AFL Photos/via AFL Photos

Simpson said his approach would remain the same and the club wouldn’t go into self preservation mode despite qualifying for finals.

“We’ll go hard,” Simpson said.

“The Tigers play the Cats and that will determine whether we can get top four or not. If Geelong win, we are a chance but if Geelong don’t then we’re not.

“That’s secondary. We just want to play a good brand of footy and next week we’ve got North.”

The win meant West Coast finished with a 3-2 record during their compressed fixture, but they paid a high price with the barrage of injuries.

Simpson said the fixture had presented an enormous challenge so close to the finals.

“We’re just not built to play five games in 19 days, regardless of the reduced game time,” he said.

“There’s guys dropping left, right and centre. Our draw in the last four or five games has been as tough as anyone’s and at the back end of the year we are just holding on.

“We’ll lose a couple and we’ll get a couple back. That’s why the win was so important. The guys really dug deep.”

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