Ratten takes positives as Saints slip up

11 September 2020 15:41:49 GMTPlus10

St Kilda coach Brett Ratten chose to focus on the positives after seeing his Saints side miss out on a chance to cement their place in the top eight.

St Kilda have not played finals football since 2011 and on Thursday night they were minutes away from booking their place as they led the West Coast Eagles by eight points early in the final quarter.

However, Adam Simpson's men came roaring back to book their own place in the eight, kicking the last four goals of the game to win by 15 points.

The defeat was hard to take for Saints, but Ratten preferred to focus on the positives after the game, and the fact their fate is still in their own hands, is a huge one.

All eyes now turn to a huge game against Greater Western Sydney next Friday night when Saints will need to win to make it through to the finals.

GWS will also need to win which makes it a blockbuster of a game, and Ratten says his side will be ready.

"The good part about all of this is that the ball is in our court," Ratten said. "We don't have to rely on anyone, it's up to us. We spoke about that after the game. We just need to do what we have to do to put a performance in that's one that we like, not one where we play bits and pieces.

"Today, we played bits and pieces against a team that was undermanned and lost players in the game. It was disappointing."

St Kilda are priced at 1/8 to make the top eight.

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