West Coast spearhead Josh Kennedy has refused to blame Sunday night’s narrow loss to the Bulldogs on the controversial match-winner awarded to Marcus Bontempelli.
The Eagles felt stand-in captain Jeremy McGovern ‘definitely’ touched the ball on the line, but admitted the game was lost well before that divisive moment.
“Yeah, Gov definitely touched it,” Kennedy said on 6PR today.
“(But) It doesn’t come down to one of those moments. There was a lot of moments during the game you can blame the loss on.
“With the review, it is what it is. They’ve got it there for that reason but sometimes it doesn’t go your way.
“We can’t sit there and complain about it now – it is what it is.”
The two-point loss was expensive in more way than one, with a top four spot hanging by a thread and a mounting injury list taking its toll during the compressed fixture.
“Hutchy (Mark Hutchings) was only on the field for about 20 minutes when he hurt his hammy, so it was disappointing to lose him straight away,” Kennedy said.
“Reddo’s (Jack Redden) hurt his thumb, he’s got a bit of a break in there.
“He’ll go in for surgery and will push for late finals if we can push through. But he’s got a long road ahead which could put him out for the rest of the year which is disappointing.”
The Eagles have little time to dwell on the loss, with a five-day turnaround heading into the clash against St Kilda tomorrow.
“They’ve had a really impressive season and the way they play their footy has been standing up so it’s another good test,” Kennedy said.
“They’re on a four or five day break as well I think so it’s going to be a battle of the Oxus I think because both teams will be pretty sore! But we’ll see how we go.”
McGovern confirmed today he dislocated his right thumb during the loss, but insists it won’t force him to miss any matches.