Simpson said the club got what it deserved from the season.
West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson says the club only has themselves to blame for missing the AFL finals, but is pleased with the improvement shown at the back-end of the season.
Simpson told Channel Seven in Perth that his side will take the momentum it gathered in the second half of the season into 2015, but added that his side didn’t deserve to play finals this year.
“You get what you deserve in this game,” Simpson said.
“To be honest, I think we finished the year quite well, I think we’ve won seven from 11.
“It’s good momentum for next year, but you look at it and strip it back we didn’t deserve to play finals.”
The Eagles did not beat a top eight side in 2014 and Simpson said the only way to change that in 2015 is to improve over the pre-season.
“It means we need to improve,” he said bluntly.
“I think we’ve developed as the year’s gone, and there’s some clear signs of improvement there.
“But we’ve still got some work to do, hopefully another pre-season with the group holds us in good stead.”
Simpson said he enjoyed his maiden season as an AFL coach, despite the challenges he faced.
“It was a fantastic first year to be part of with the group,” he said.
“Obviously we started the year pretty well, but we had a bit of a dip mid-season.
“It was pretty good to finish the year off well.”