Fremantle’s finals hopes are hanging within the steadiness following a three-match dropping streak, which included a 91-point western derby hiding.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon insists it’s not time to panic regardless of his group struggling one in every of their worst ever western derby losses.
The Dockers have been made to pay dearly for poor ahead entries and wayward goalkicking throughout their 91-point AFL loss to West Coast on Saturday evening.
Fremantle received the within 50m rely 60-50, however misplaced the match 19.Eight (122) to 2.19 (31) on a darkish day for the membership.
It was Fremantle’s second largest loss to West Coast, and has put a significant dagger by their finals hopes.
Three straight losses have left Fremantle (7-Eight) a win adrift of eighth spot forward of a difficult conflict with Hawthorn in Launceston.
Saturday’s loss was Fremantle’s first huge defeat of the yr, and has raised alarm bells amongst followers, particularly following on from the shock house loss to Carlton.
However Lyon is adamant the group has made main strides from final yr, saying current accidents to key forwards Jesse Hogan, Matt Taberner, and Rory Lobb have taken its toll.
“There’s definitely no panic stations,” Lyon mentioned.
“I don’t suppose anybody anticipated us to undergo undefeated.
“Our common dropping margin was 50 factors final yr. It’s 11 this season (earlier than the derby loss) and we’ve been in each recreation.
“I’ve been actually happy with the group’s effort up till this level. However all of us – coaches and gamers – we put on this.
“I’m not right here to defend the indefensible. I don’t suppose we turned it up. But it surely was a bit misleading, the numbers.”
Lyon says he’ll take into account making an announcement on the choice entrance forward of the crunch conflict with Hawthorn.
Ruckman Aaron Sandilands, who was effectively overwhelmed by Nic Naitanui, might be rested in opposition to the Hawks to make approach for Sean Darcy’s return.
Sandilands, taking part in his first recreation in additional than a yr, completed with 18 hitouts from eight disposals in opposition to the Eagles.
Naitanui was influential within the win, tallying 23 hitouts, six clearances, 14 disposals and a game-high three rating assists.
Lyon rested Sandilands within the remaining quarter given the outcome was effectively and really past doubt.
“We didn’t wish to make a very dangerous evening worse,” Lyon mentioned of the choice.
“Aaron – I believed he did his bit. However Nic’s follow-up was tremendous.”
Dockers skipper Nat Fyfe injured his shoulder within the second quarter, however was in a position to play out the match.
Hogan has resumed working once more following his current foot harm, however Lyon is uncertain when precisely the previous Demon might be cleared to return.