Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley refused to shy away from a 29-point loss to Adelaide, but said the gameplan brought to the Dockers by coach Ross Lyon was starting to take hold.

The usual areas of concern were again highlighted for the Dockers, who were smashed in clearances and down on contested ball, but there were also several patches of promise not done justice by the scoreline.

Crowley admitted that the Dockers were often guilty of overplaying Lyon’s structures, but patches of play last night particularly in the third quarter amidst a 36-point fightback showed the style was beginning to show results.

“There was obviously some positives to take out of the game, but we’re not shying away from the fact that we lost,” Crowley said.

“Ross has mentioned many times: he thinks we’re a really coachable group, (but) we think that, in the first half of the year, there’s been things that we’ve overplayed and we’ve taken things that he’s set us to the ‘nth degree’.

“We’ve sort of overcompensated on our structures and it’s made us fall away forward of the ball.

“I think we’re slowly getting the grasp of what he means, the things that he says.

“I think today we’ve seen that when we do run and play quick, we look off the line and we get the ball through the middle, we look as dangerous as anyone.

“There’s definitely some things to work towards, but obviously that effort needs to be a four quarter thing and I don’t think we’ve played a four-quarter game all year, which is pretty disappointing.”

Crowley’s form has been a standout all year for Fremantle and last night was no different as he held in-form Crows midfielder Scott Thompson to nine possessions to half-time, while amassing 10 of his own and kicking two goals.

It is a marked improvement for the 28-year-old, whose career looked all but over under former coach Mark Harvey last year before being given a one-season lifeline that will extend him into the free agency pool at the end of 2012.s

His performance on Carlton skipper Chris Judd earlier in the year even attracted the ire of Gold Coast skipper Gary Ablett, who now-infamously labelled Crowley a “joke”.

But Crowley said the incident meant little to him as he focused on “repaying the faith” shown in him by Lyon.

“I know there was a lot of stuff going on around, externally, but my focus was on what the boys were thinking about what I was doing and what Ross was thinking about,” Crowley said.

“They were happy with the way I was playing and didn’t think I overstepped the mark or anything like that.

“I’m back in the midfield and in position and I just want to repay the faith Ross has shown in me.

“I know he’s big on those role-players and I don’t want to let him down.

“It’s just been good to get back in the midfield and mix it with the best players, it’s the thing I love doing.”

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