Senior coach Justin Longmuir believes Fremantle's defence was left under consistent pressure from a lack of contest further afield. 

“I would say that we hung our backs out to dry a bit today with the supply that was coming in and the way that we defended up the ground,” Longmuir said during his post-match media conference. 

Fremantle went from kicking 22 goals against the Demons in their last game, to conceding 23 goals during the Club’s 67-point loss to the Bulldogs.


“I need to have another look at it (the game), need to have a deeper dive,” Longmuir said.

“Clearly something wasn't right, and we just got dominated from go to whoa really.

“We've got some soul-searching to do after that.”

Fremantle were outgunned across the ground, losing the inside 50 count (60-46), contested possessions (130-121), uncontested possessions (238-169) and tackles (62-49), with Longmuir explaining the Bulldogs were winning battles all over the ground.

“We tried to tag him (Marcus Bontempelli) but there's so much depth through the middle of the ground if you can't get your hands on the ball and they spread, there's no point having one person locked onto one person if there's two or three out,” Longmuir said.


“I felt like they owned the outside of the contest far too easily all day which makes it hard to tag one person and lock one person away.

“We'll need to look at how we go with the accountable roles, is there a more effective way of doing it (tagging), but I felt like trying to stop one would've been putting a finger in the hole and waters still pouring in.”

Fremantle will now travel home and face the Gold Coast Suns at Optus Stadium in a crucial battle next Sunday.

It will be the first time the Club has played at home since round 11.