FREMANTLE coach Mark Harvey concedes his side strayed from the high-pressure football that has become its trademark this season in an uninspiring 39-point win over Richmond on Anzac Day.

Fourth-placed Fremantle conceded the first five goals of the match on Sunday night, giving Richmond’s midfielders time and space on Subiaco Oval.

A 27-point deficit late in the first term eventually became a comfortable win, but Harvey wasn’t paying his side too many compliments post match.

“It was a scrappy game, probably reflective of a big build-up to an Anzac game and two young sides,” he said.

“At the end we walk away from a game where we didn’t play very well, but that can be reflective of the opposition, and I think Richmond’s improving.

“It wasn’t our best performance, but if we can finish up winning a game by 40-odd points then I think that’s the point.

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