Neale s foot on the pedal
Neale's foot on the pedal

Rising midfielder Lachie Neale says Fremantle must take the opportunity to climb the ladder by playing "uncompromising" football every week.

The Dockers thumped Melb-ourne by 63 points at TIO Stadium on Saturday night to record their seventh straight victory and improve to an 11-4 win-loss record.

With fellow top-four contenders Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Collingwood all losing to lower-ranked opponents, the door is now wide open for Fremantle to storm into the top two this month.

"It's all about opportunity and when it comes, you have got to take it," Neale said. "We've got GWS next week who are a really talented group of young guys about my age.

"They can be really dangerous. We saw them knock off Sydney in round one.

"With those results (Hawthorn, Port and Collingwood losing), you can't take anything for granted in this competition.

"We'll just focus on next week and just keep trying to get those wins."

Neale said the victory over the Demons was one of the few four-quarter performances the Dockers had produced this season.

The 21-year-old said it gave the team great confidence it could be down in key areas, as it was in the first quarter, but still be in front on the scoreboard.

"We wanted to be uncompromising and put in a four-quarter effort," Neale said.

"Obviously we would love to win our key indicators, but sometimes it doesn't happen.

"I have got full confidence in this group, as have the coaches, that we can turn it around pretty quickly."

Neale, who has missed just one game this season, collected 30 or more possessions for the third time in 2014 as he continues to fly under the radar in a star-studded Fremantle midfield.

But he knows he needs to keep performing to keep his place as the squeeze for spots gets tighter.

Matthew Pavlich, Stephen Hill, Michael Johnson, Michael Walters and Matt de Boer were all members of last year's grand final side who didn't play against Melbourne, while the likes of Tom Sheridan and Hayden Crozier, who were drafted with Neale, were emergencies.

Hill (quad) could be sidelined for another fortnight.

"For me, I have just got to keep putting in consistent efforts because we have got quality midfielders out of the side at the moment," Neale said.

"I have really got to be on my toes because those boys are itching for an opportunity.

"It does make it tight for spots but that's what we want, that's what builds great clubs."

Neale described Anthony Morabito's return from three knee reconstructions as inspirational.

"For him to have the mental toughness to keep putting himself out there and going through the hours and hours of rehab, it's really special," Neale said.

The West Australian

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