Fremantle Dockers seek midfield improvement in Western Derby
Fremantle on-baller David Mundy and his fellow midfielders have accepted responsibility for their team’s embarrassing 56-point loss to Hawthorn.
Dockers coach Ross Lyon was highly critical of his midfield group after Saturday’s one-sided contest in Launceston, with the Hawks dominating the clearances 48-24.
Lyon’s comments were echoed by former club champion Mundy, who labelled the performance unacceptable and urged his teammates to lift ahead of Sunday’s crucial Western Derby clash at Patersons Stadium.
“If we don’t bring the effort that we need to bring each week and each quarter, we’ll get pumped,” Mundy said.
“It’s a full spread (of responsibility). Everyone cut quite deeply after the game and it was a very quiet trip home.
“There’s obviously going to be an extensive review and we’ll learn a lot out of the game – and hopefully most of all – we’ll learn how not to replicate it.”
Fremantle possesses one of the most lethal ruck combinations in the competition in Aaron Sandilands and Zac Clarke, but the Dockers are yet to take full advantage of the ruck duo’s dominance around the ground.
Mundy highlighted the need to improve the midfield group’s on-field chemistry as one area the Dockers would address this week before they lock horns with in-form Eagles pair Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui.
“We’re battling away each week and I’d like to think that we’re slowly getting better and (Saturday’s game) was just an aberration,” he said.
“I’m not into excuses or anything like that, but we’re not playing well enough at the moment.
“We’ve put some really good passages of football together this year, but there’s been a consistency issue.”
Mundy, who had an interrupted pre-season after failing to overcome an ankle injury that sidelined him for most of last year, said he was still struggling to shake off the complaint.
The 26-year-old has been a shadow of his former self this season, but is confident of returning to the devastating form that saw him claim the Doig Medal in 2010.
“I’m probably not getting the output I’d like or know I can at this stage, but each week I’m getting better,” he said.
“(The leg) still pulls up a little bit stiff and sore occasionally, but when I’m out there I don’t feel it so I’ve got full confidence.”
The Dockers should regain versatile defender Adam McPhee from a calf injury for Sunday’s derby, but may lose rookie Clancee Pearce after he was heavily concussed against the Hawks.
Youngster Lachie Neale is also in doubt after injury his left knee late in the game.
Defenders Alex Silvagni and Nick Suban once again put their hands up for recalls after impressive games in the WAFL on the weekend.