Fremantle is dealing with a nervous wait to be taught the severity of an ankle harm to ruckman Sean Darcy forward of Sunday’s western derby as coach Justin Longmuir was left tearing his hair out over the lack to execute the essential towards St Kilda.
The Dockers misplaced 9.11 (65) to eight.7 (55) after being comprehensively crushed within the midfield with out each Nat Fyfe and David Mundy.
Mundy will finish his COVID protocols in time for the derby however Fyfe can be sidelined for as much as six weeks with a again harm.
Darcy injured his proper ankle through the third quarter and whereas he tried to return, was subbed out of the competition at three-quarter time. He could have scans to be taught the severity of the harm.
Longmuir was dismayed with how his crew carried out.
“It was one of many extra disappointing video games I’ve been concerned in to be sincere,” Longmuir mentioned.
“Our execution was horrific. Our ball dealing with and abilities – we couldn’t execute the fundamentals of the sport. When you may’t try this it makes it onerous to execute different elements of your sport.
“There have been moments of the sport final week the place we didn’t execute the fundamentals of the sport and it was the identical this week for actually the primary three quarters. Within the final quarter we received lots proper but it surely was too late.”
The Dockers misplaced the centre clearances 14-4 and that midfield management allowed St Kilda to dominate subject place. Max King and Jack Higgins blew the sport aside with three targets every through the third quarter.
Longmuir mentioned not having Fyfe or Mundy to instil management had been pricey.
“Clearly we didn’t do it effectively sufficient and we weren’t in a position to cease the momentum in stoppages usually. It’s a novel scenario we discover ourselves in as a result of in my time we’ve at all times had one in all them there,” Longmuir mentioned.
“Not solely are you shedding the management you’re shedding actually good gamers. It’s primarily to do with our physique work and our stability. We will’t at all times wait till the quarter time breaks for these issues to repair.”
Longmuir received’t know if Mundy or Brennan Cox can be out there for the derby till their well being is assessed after finishing isolation. However ahead Matt Taberner could also be out there to return from a hamstring harm.
Midfielder Blake Acres can be assessed by the match overview officer for a excessive bump on Max King early within the match.