Jordan Clark said it was a very disappointed group of Fremantle players following their 49-point loss to the Western Bulldogs on Friday night at Optus Stadium.
Freo played from behind all game after losing their 10th consecutive opening term, and then conceded five goals to one in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs raced home.
Speaking on the Final Siren podcast with Freo fans Duck and Oz, the defender said he will make a point of ensuring the players don’t get lost in the negativity following a 2-4 start to the season, saying a focus is required on bouncing back against Brisbane next week at the Gabba.
“One thing I’d like as a group, we have to stay together and not get too down on ourselves as there will be enough of that going on from the outside,” Clark said.
“As a group within the four walls, we’re going to get to work, get around each other and bring our best attitudes this week and hopefully we can start getting on top of things and wrestle it back our way.”
Clark said he saw facing the Lions at the Gabba as a great challenge to get back on track.
“Brisbane are Brisbane, there’s no better way to bounce back,” Clark said.
“We’re going to move on to them as quickly as possible. We’ll review this game but that’s the thing, you’ve got to shift your focus onto who you’ve got next week.
“We’ll go away from this and work on a few things I dare say and we’ll bring our best next week and hopefully we can start wrestling back some momentum.”
Clark said the group was particularly disappointed with how they lost to the Bulldogs.
“Obviously when you get done in the contest it’s pretty hard to just chase your tail for the rest of the game,” Clark said.
“The boys are pretty deflated. Our effort was really good but it was more of a method tonight and the Western Bulldogs to their credit were better than us tonight.”