Fremantle midfielder David Mundy admits the team have dug themselves a bit of a hole, but says they can turn their woes around simply by improving their skills.
Friday night’s 13-point loss to North Melbourne was Fremantle’s third loss from their past four games, leaving the premiership fancies with a 3-3 record heading into Sunday’s western derby against arch AFL rivals West Coast.
The Dockers won the inside-50m count (55-45), clearances (42-34), hit-outs (48-33) and contested possessions (146-134) against the Kangaroos, but their lack of polish up forward proved costly.
Goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne will return from suspension this week, but fellow forward Michael Walters (ankle) won’t feature again until the tail-end of the season.
Fremantle’s top-four hopes will go on the line over the next three weeks when they take on West Coast, Port Adelaide (away) and Geelong (home) before having their bye.
Mundy, who starred against the Roos with 27 possessions and a goal, said the team needed to be cleaner with their skills if they were to regain their mojo.
“We’ve put ourselves into a bit of a hole early in the season now at 3-3, so the boys will be fighting hard to get right back,” Mundy told the Fremantle website.
“We won a lot of key stats (against North Melbourne) and we thought our effort was really good.
“We won the ball really well – we were just a bit sloppy with a bit of execution.”
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said scoring efficiency was an area his team needed to improve.
Chris Mayne has booted just two goal from five games this season, but Lyon claimed he saw enough against the Roos to suggest the forward was edging closer towards a return to form.