Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says he will revert back to a proven selection formula for Saturday's NAB Cup match against the Western Bulldogs in Mandurah after changing his policies last weekend and copping a hiding from Carlton.
Lyon rested quality midfielders Stephen Hill and Michael Barlow against the Blues and left key forward Matthew Pavlich in Perth because of the impending birth of his first child.
Lyon then gave the squad's youngsters more chances to push for round-one selection, but the result was a 70-point loss to Carlton, who continued their impressive pre-season.
Lyon said he had been thinking that round-one selection would be difficult, but the huge loss had made his job a lot easier.
He said the team that plays the Bulldogs this week would be much more like a home-and-away squad.
"I went against the grain a little bit tonight," Lyon said.
"I normally, (for) the last two (games), play as good as you can get. But there was a bit about trying to continue to expose (players).
"I thought Tanner Smith when he came on bobbed up, (we'll) continue to give (Tom) Sheridan and (Hayden) Crozier an opportunity as young players.
"I'd have another look at (Jesse) Crichton (who is) going quite well.
"On the back of that, I went slightly away from what I would do traditionally.
"We need to move into gear and we're optimistic that Matthew (Pavlich) will be available, Chris Mayne, Stephen Hill, Mick Barlow. That'd be nice."
Lyon said he was shocked by the "extreme numbers" the team produced against the Blues.
Carlton won the contested possessions 154-115, the centre clearances 16-9 and the inside 50s 59-45.
The Blues took advantage of turnovers, leaving Fremantle staring at a 61-point deficit at half-time.
They played a lot better in the second half before conceding three late goals to blow the margin out again.
Lyon said it was obvious where Fremantle had to improve.
"Our centre-square bounce was poor for the second week in a row. That's easily fixed," Lyon said.
"I think they had seven shots out of the middle in the first half.
"It normally takes you about four games to get to that. We've got some clear things to fix up. We were finessing, a bit cute, lacked urgency and we paid the full toll on that.
"Turnover six times for 5.1. If that was us you'd say gee we put a lot of pressure on.
"The first half to second half was disastrous really for effort and the way we want to play, and people putting their hand up to consolidate a spot for round one. But I thought the second half we went a long way to turning it around."
Lyon said he still had to put the match in perspective and ultimately it was still a pre-season clash.He pointed out that when he coached St Kilda they were thrashed in their final practice match in 2009, but lost only three games for the season.
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