Experienced Fremantle defender Luke McPharlin says attitude was to blame for Fremantle’s poor effort against Carlton at Etihad Stadium in a round two NAB Cup match on Saturday night.
The Dockers were thumped by 70 points after falling 61 points behind in a lop-sided first half.
McPharlin said the approach players took to the game was the main thing that needed addressing.
“It seems to be mostly an attitudinal thing,” he said.
“Clearly they were first to the ball they wanted it more. We came up against a team that were willing to compete and prepared to have a red-hot go and we weren’t, and that showed in a lot of the stats and figures that came out at half-time.
“Ultimately it is NAB Cup and Ross has been very strong of the opinion that it is about getting minutes into players and having a look at what some of the younger guys can do.
"It is not ideal to be thumped by 70 points but we have got a few weeks to have really good weeks on the track. We have got a game against Western Bulldogs and we think the attitude can be fixed pretty quickly.”
The Dockers continue to have a stop-start pre-season with Chris Mayne (ankle) and Stephen Hill (shoulder) no certainties to play this weekend against the Western Bulldogs at Mandurah.
Mayne mostly did running while teammates trained at Fremantle this morning. Hill also trained away from the main group.
“Mayney was on the track this morning, not sure about Hilly, he may have been doing some running before training,” McPharlin said.
“We might leave it until Thursday and see how both go in a main training session but we won’t be risking players or compromising their preparation for round one.”
And Matthew Pavlich is still playing the baby waiting game on the birth of he and wife Lauren’s first child.
However, McPharlin backed the captain to get himself right for round one even if he missed another practice game.
“We all know Pav is a complete professional and a superstar player and he knows exactly what he needs to do to get himself going and he has been training really strongly in the last couple of weeks getting lots of kilometres into his legs and doing contest work,” he said.
“If he doesn’t end up playing I don’t think it is going to affect him too much.”