Fremantle milestone man Michael Johnson
Fremantle milestone man Michael Johnson said he was comfortable with having his 100th game spoiled for the sake of the big picture after an understrength Dockers side was belted by Hawthorn on Saturday.
Johnson kicked two of Fremantle’s five goals in the 116-point defeat and was one of the few Dockers who could hold his head high amid the carnage.
The utility said the team that went out against the Hawks was fully supportive of the club’s selection strategy and he was hoping he could enjoy a delayed milestone celebration with a win over Carlton on Friday night.
“I’ll always remember this game. It’s my 100th game and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved, but it’s more about the team at the moment,” Johnson said.
“We’re coming into the finals, so we’ll be ready to go next week.
“We back what the coaches did and we’ll get them back next week.
“I hope the boys will come out firing. We do need a win next week and I’ve got faith that the team that Harves (coach Mark Harvey) picks next week will be in with a chance.”
Johnson added the Hawks were close to unstoppable despite a Freo focus on limiting the damage.
“It was tough. We came in at each break and just wanted to focus on doing the structures right and stopping them, but they played well and it was a tough trip,” he said.
“We were right in there with tackles and contested ball, right with them. It was just the way they played and used the lead-ups and used the ball. We’ll learn from this and we’ll reload.”
Johnson was dumped from the Dockers’ leadership group for the rest of this season after his cocaine possession charge earlier in the year.
But yesterday he was one of few leaders the team had, with veteran defender Antoni Grover acting skipper with Matthew Pavlich out.
“I thought Groves in his leadership as team captain was outstanding and the boys did listen. I guess we let him down,” Johnson said.