Fremantle Dockers coach Justin Longmuir refuses to blame venue switch to Gabba for Brisbane loss
Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir refused to blame the loss of home-ground advantage for today’s 24-point loss to Brisbane at the Gabba.
The 4-4 Dockers have sunk to 10th on the ladder on the back of two straight losses and they face a second-straight away game against Essendon at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.
The pay-off will be a run of three straight games at Optus Stadium in rounds 20, 21 and 22 after today’s match was switched from Perth to Brisbane.
Longmuir said the change didn’t provide a distraction after the players flew to a Gold Coast mini-hub during the week.
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“We had a good week. We got up here nice and early. We trained well. I felt like we prepared well,” he said.
“We just didn’t handle their pressure early and they scored way too easily on the back of turnover.”
Speedster Michael Frederick has joined the Dockers’ long injury list with a potentially serious ankle injury after getting his leg caught in a tackle.
Frederick was subbed out in the first quarter and Longmuir said his injury “doesn’t look great.”
“It looks like it’s a syndesmosis. So we’ll get it scanned and we’ll get the result out,” he said.
The loss to the Lions means Fremantle are yet to beat a team in the current top eight.
“We haven’t measured up against the best teams and we haven’t been able to play consistently enough against the better teams,” Longmuir said.
“And that’s our challenge – to be able to play our brand of footy, be strong in the contest and execute the basics well against the better teams.
“I think the basics let us down again, which stopped us from scoring and really hurt our efficiency.
“The inside 50s were pretty even, especially that first quarter and parts of the second quarter it was a bit of an arm-wrestle.
“But their efficiency going forward off the back of some of our turnovers was just way better than ours going forward.”
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