DEFENDER Nick Suban is adamant Fremantle can rediscover some spark in the western derby against the Eagles at Subiaco next Sunday.

Fremantle’s young players looked flat and tired during their round 17 loss to the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

But Suban said footy watchers should not write off the team because of one bad performance.

“We were setting ourselves to win and it’s obviously very disappointing we didn’t produce,” Suban said.

“We tried hard but our skills let us down and our tackling pressure wasn’t there.”

Suban acknowledged that the cross-town clash with the Eagles will provide plenty of motivation.

“We’re still feeling pretty good,” he said. “The side’s excited just to be playing footy and we’re really excited about getting out there next week against West Coast and trying to get a win for this club.

“It’s obviously a great rivalry with West Coast.

“It’s going to be a great game. There’ll be a big crowd there, so it’s exciting.”

While Fremantle has been replaced in the top four by the Bulldogs, Suban said he and his teammates were unfazed by their current ladder position.

“We’re just concentrating on next week,” he said.

“Before that we need to get our recovery process right and try and get up for the game against the Eagles.”

Suban was one of few effective contributors for Fremantle in the loss to the Bulldogs.

The 20-year-old defender gathered 24 possessions to be his team’s leading ball-winner.

And he certainly saw plenty of action, as the Dogs piled on 24 goals, which was their highest tally of the season.

“It was coming down a bit,” Suban admitted. “Forward pressure has been a strength of ours this year but it probably wasn’t there today, so we’ll work on it during the week.

“They’ve obviously got a really good midfield with [Adam] Cooney, [Matthew] Boyd and [Ryan] Griffen, and it’s hard because we’ve got a young, up-and-coming midfield.

“I thought at times we did okay, but our fumbling and kicking execution let us down.”

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