Fremantle defender Greg Broughton says this weekend’s clash with the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium will be an important game, but no more important than any other fixture his side will play this season.

The fifth-placed Bulldogs are snapping at fourth-placed Freo’s heels and a win to the Dogs on Sunday would see the teams swap places on the AFL ladder.

But Broughton said Freo’s focus would be to improve on yesterday’s match against Melbourne, in which his side led by 39 points at half-time but allowed the Demons to get back in the game with a poor third quarter.

“We want to work on our game plan and get our game plan right,” Broughton said.

“We know the way we can play. We just need to put a four-quarter effort in.

“That’s what we need to improve on.”

The 23-year-old said goal-kicking was another area that Fremantle would be looking to sharpen up in.

“We missed a few easy shots on the weekend and that’s what we want to improve on,” he said.

Broughton said Fremantle would have to be on the front-foot against a Bulldogs team that plays a free-flowing brand of football built from run out of defence.

“Their backline, they spread really well,” he said.

“We’re going to have to stop that, and we’re going to have to do it the other way as well.

“It’s going to be good to watch.”

Broughton was pleased with his return to AFL after being out injured since round 8.

He collected 20 possessions against the Demons and said his fitness would improve every week.

“The body feels great, coming back after seven games out,” he said.

“I thought I might have blown up, but I got through ok and today I pulled up well.

“The fitness and conditioning guys train you well and get you ready to play AFL or WAFL.”

With Luke McPharlin also returning to defence yesterday, Broughton said getting Chris Tarrant and Antoni Grover back this week would only add to Freo’s depth.

“It’s going to strengthen our backline,” he said.

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