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Tom Wildie  August 7, 2016 9:15 PM

Tommy Sheridan says he was impressed with the club's first half.

Fremantle are determined to finish the season strongly, as the team look to improve with three games left in the season, according to Tommy Sheridan.
 
Fremantle started the 44th Carlton Draught strongly, pinning West Coast in their defensive for much of the opening quarter, and led at the first break.
 
Sheridan said the team gave great effort from the opening bounce, and were competitive early.
 
“We definitely came here to play, as we do every week and I thought our intensity around the ball and our hit was strong early,” he said.
 
“We know our trademark performance is strong effort, and our strong hit around the ball was high early, and that’s what you want with the intensity at the start of the game.”

Lyon post-match Q & A
 
Sheridan was given the job on West Coast’s star midfielder Andrew Gaff, and restricted the influential ball user to 19 disposals, as well as collecting 20 for himself, and kicking two goals.
 
Fremantle had star ruckman Aaron Sandilands back in the side as he returned from a serious rib injury, and his influence couldn’t be understated.
 
Sandilands finished the game with 23 hitouts, as well as taking several key marks deep in defence, as he collected 12 possessions.
 
Sheridan said he set a great example for the rest of the team in his desire to get back on the field.

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“To have him round, he’s such a courageous player to come back from what he’s had, and he’s burning,” he said.
 
“For him to get himself right and get his body right, and get back out there to help us out for the rest of the year just shows his real character.”
 
There were encouraging signs for Fremantle through the game, with Stephen Hill collecting 30 disposals to continue his good form, while Shane Yarran kicked two goals in his first derby.
 
Sheridan said the focus was on fixing the small mistakes as the team looks to finish the season strongly.
 
“There was a few steps forward today, the boys are sticking tight and trying to be positive, and I think we gave great effort today,” Sheridan said.
 
“Our focus is to win three games and finish off strong.”
 
Fremantle face Adelaide at Domain Stadium next Sunday, before travelling to Sydney to face GWS.