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Monday, April 1, 2019

Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe preaches patience in the wake of shock three-point loss to Gold Coast Suns

Captain Nat Fyfe admits inconsistency of performance is a reality Fremantle will have to ride out this season as part of the rebuilding side’s growing pains.
The Dockers thumped North Melbourne in their season opener on the back of a free-flowing and exciting brand of football, but were brought back to earth with a thud against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium yesterday.
Their sloppy disposal and stunted ball movement allowed the Suns to prevail in a scrappy contest.
“It’s just footy,” Fyfe said.
“We’re a developing group with new players. Some weeks we’re going to play like rock stars and other weeks not so well.
“I thought we didn’t give up, but our method looked a bit stilted and that’s partly because Gold Coast were defending really well.
“But I think we’ve got a baseline of effort that the players gave and that enables us to identify where we went wrong.
“That was potentially our forward line not getting enough ball from the mids and then potentially not holding it in there enough once we did get it in. There are a few areas we need to look at.
Jesse Hogan joined fellow off-season trade recruits Rory Lobb, Travis Colyer and Reece Conca for the first time and Fyfe predicted consistency would come in time as the new faces and young players built chemistry.
“We had a midfield of Darcy Tucker, Hogan, Sean Darcy and myself (in some periods) ... they’re players that I haven’t played much footy with around the midfield,” Fyfe said.
“Players are learning what each other’s games are like and there is going to be some inconsistency I wish I could say there wasn’t, but we’re going to have some ups and downs throughout the year.
“As long as that trajectory is up, that’s all we can hope for.”
Fyfe was on the receiving end of Hogan’s first touch — a well-weighted pass — and praised his teammate, who was left out of the team in round one.
“I felt like his touch looked OK and he got from contest to contest,” Fyfe said.
“The beauty with Jess is he’s versatile, so if he’s not touching it much in the forward line we can play him as a midfielder and he gives us that big body.”
Fyfe said Fremantle were capable of bouncing back against St Kilda at Optus Stadium on Sunday.