Michael Barlow says senior coach Ross Lyon shifted the team’s focus towards the Gold Coast Suns just minutes after last Friday night’s loss to Carlton at Patersons Stadium.
The 24-year-old said Lyon chose to relay a positive message to the players after the eight point defeat.
“Ross was upbeat about our efforts and what we were applying,” Barlow said.
“In all, he’s a really positive coach and he’s not one to dwell too much on the negatives, but really reinforce the positives and the things we’re doing right.”
Lyon soon reminded the players that the longest road trip in footy awaited them this week, with a journey to the Gold Coast to face the Suns at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.
Barlow said there was no chance of Freo taking the winless Suns lightly.
“It’s another week at the office for us,” he said.
“Nobody can be underestimated in this competition, regardless of who you play, whether it be the reigning premier Geelong, or Gold Coast, who is new to the competition.
“It’s the biggest trip in the competition, so we can’t be going there for a holiday.
“It’s business as usual for us this week.”
The Freo midfielder said the young Suns had been developing nicely under coach Guy McKenna for three years now and could be ready to emerge.
“They probably haven’t had the start to the season they would have liked, but it’s going to click for them and they’re going to come on as a really good side very, very quickly, and it could be as early as this week,” he said.
“We need to put our best foot forward and try and get the chocolates.”