Dockers coach backs midfield to the hilt

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir is confident his team’s midfield shellacking against Carlton was nothing more than a blip in the radar.

The Dockers were given a major reality check last week as the Blues came out on top in clearances (44-30) and centre clearances (14-5) on the way to posting a 31-point win.

Dockers coach Justin Longmuir.

Dockers coach Justin Longmuir.Credit:Dylan Burns/AFL Photos

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe was restricted to just 11 disposals and two clearances in one of the quietest games of his glittering AFL career, while veteran David Mundy (13 disposals, zero clearances) also struggled.

Longmuir is backing his midfield group to respond, starting with Sunday’s home clash against Port Adelaide at Optus Stadium.

“It’s a blip on the radar as far as I’m concerned,” Longmuir said.

“I back them wholeheartedly to bounce back.

“We’ll keep putting the same guys through there. I don’t think it’s a trend. Three games ago we beat Brisbane and we beat Hawthorn before the bye.

“There’s no need to be too drastic with what we change in there. We just need to get back to playing our strengths and playing our brand. I’m pretty sure we can turn it around quickly.”

Fyfe’s quiet display, in just his second match back from a serious shoulder and back injury, caused particular concern.

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