Freo butchered chances: Fyfe
Freo butchered chances: Fyfe

Fremantle will leave nothing to chance in order to make amends for a substandard fortnight in next Sunday's western derby, according to brilliant midfielder Nat Fyfe.

Last night's upset loss to North Melbourne left the Dockers in seventh position, and Fyfe admitted that several players were out of form.

"Across the board there are a number of guys who would like to be performing better," Fyfe said.

"The beauty is that we are only six rounds into the season and we've got a lot of footy left to go.

"The guys have been working hard and will continue to work hard to get back to their best."

Fyfe blamed poor skills for the defeat, refusing to use consecutive six-day breaks as an excuse.

"I think our effort was there, we got our hands on the ball, we tackled well, we had plenty of entries, we just butchered the ball and couldn't convert," he said.

"That's two weeks in a row our skills haven't been up to standard and it's really hurting us.

"We are definitely not playing our best footy at the moment.

"North were fantastic.

"They really brought some great pressure and really took our time and space away from us and forced us to turn it over.

"We need to regroup and really work hard on making sure our use is up to standard because we can't keep butchering the ball."

Fyfe, who finished with 33 touches and two goals, said he was finding his way after serving a two-match suspension.

"I'm still building into the season, it's only my fourth game," Fyfe said.

"But I'm an offender of butchering the ball, I need to work on my composure, particularly from stoppages, and that will be a real focus this week."

Fyfe wouldn't be drawn on whether Fremantle's premiership hopes had taken a hit, but said his teammates would be up for the clash with West Coast.

"In this industry you can't afford to look more than one week ahead," he said. "As you have seen with a lot teams, two weeks is a big turnaround in position on the ladder, perception and all that sort of thing.

"We really need to regroup quickly, we have got a long break now which helps and then a massive away derby which the guys will be really keen to make amends for what has been a substandard couple of weeks.

"They (Eagles) are a quality side. I will sit down and watch them play, have a little look at them and then start preparing.

"It should be a cracking game."

The West Australian

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