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Coaching Blues to next flag tougher than being PM, says Teague

“I’m loving the challenge,” Teague said. “Right now I’m enjoying what I’m doing, today was another great lesson for us and I love that the club is allowing me to focus on this week to week.”

Pre-game, Blues captain Patrick Cripps became the latest in a line of senior players to endorse Teague for the job – although the coach is not willing to entertain talk of a full-time job until this season ends.

No.1 fan: Patrick Cripps has signalled his support for David Teague.

No.1 fan: Patrick Cripps has signalled his support for David Teague.Credit:AAP

“Patrick has been an outstanding leader for this club in trying times but I think I like Daisy’s [Dale Thomas] “Teague for PM” – that sounds quite nice,” Teague said when asked about Cripps’ comments.

“I’m not sure how ScoMo [Prime Minister Scott Morrison] is going in the house but we will see what happens.

“What I love is the way the players buy in, they are buying in to the message and I think our fans should be really proud of that.”

The Eagles used their experience and ruthlessness after forcing turnovers to take a match-winning lead in the third term although the Blues cut it back to four goals in the final term.

They next face premiership favourites Richmond, and Teague wants his side to embrace the spotlight and the challenge.

“Were we good enough? No, we weren’t. But our effort was there and if we keep bringing that effort and continue to grow then it’s really exciting times and I’m looking forward to next week.

“Tigers at the MCG next week. Our fans will fill it. It will be pumping.”

The Blues hope to have Thomas back after illness kept him out against the Eagles, while Matthew Kreuzer could also return. Defender Liam Jones remains an uncertain starter as he spends time with his family after the death of his mother during the week.

Mitch McGovern could also be in line to play either VFL or AFL as soon as next weekend after regaining fitness following a block of training.

“Liam can take as long as he needs, he has bigger things to worry about than a game of football,” Teague said.

Eagles coach Adam Simpson said he was happy with the win but felt his side could have won by more.

Simpson said Jamie Cripps was set to return next game while his side wouldn’t worry about their percentage despite the close battle among the top-four sides.

“It’s hard to concern yourself with percentage but we left a few goals out there at stages,” Simpson said.

“We don’t even talk about it [percentage], if we keep winning we will be right.”

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