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West Coast captain Shannon Hurn on their shock loss to Essendon

West Coast Eagles suffered a shock loss to Essendon by 28 points last night at Optus Stadium.

The Bombers flew out of the blocks, kicking the first eight goals of the game and leaving the Eagles with their worst first quarter in their history.

Eagles Captain Shannon Hurn told Afternoons they didn’t handle the momentum well.

“We didn’t start very well, they [Essendon] came out and scored a couple of goals and away they went,” Hurn said.

“We got it back throughout the rest of the game but couldn’t put it on the scoreboard.”

It was only the Eagles third loss for the season and just their second at the new Perth stadium.

But Hurn says the team needs to be careful of just “rocking up” to games, especially at home.

“Just because you start the year well you still need to be able to do the basics,” Hurn said.

“You need to make sure when you go out there you are not just rocking up and expecting it to go your way.”

The Eagles were without their two key forwards, Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling for the first time since 2011.

Having only managed six goals last night, Hurn said their absences are hard to ignore.

“I think the players we have playing up forward are capable to kick a score, but no doubt you take away two of your very good inform forwards it does make it difficult,” he said.

“But you don’t want to rely on them, because there will be a time in two or three years when they might not be there.”

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