Even after a four-goal performance against Collingwood at Optus Stadium on Sunday, forward Matthew Taberner felt he could have done more for his team in Freo’s 12-point win.
The 27-year-old is one of four players to have kicked a goal in every game in 2020 as he moved his tally to 16 for the season.
While delighted with the win, Taberner said he wasted some of his opportunities in marking contests.
“I thought early I got some decent looks but couldn’t capitalise with a few nearly marks where I just couldn’t get my hands free,” Taberner said.
"There’s been a heap of times this year where I haven’t been able to capitalise with some easier ones. It’s a work in progress and I was able to kick straight today.
“The guys are doing good work up the field and you need to be able to capitalise and finish off the good work.”
While Taberner was hard on his own performances, senior coach Justin Longmuir loved what the tall forward delivered.
“He’s fantastic. He finished off under real pressure in that last quarter, that first goal he kicked was one we needed to settle the ship a little bit and give us a bit of a buffer,” Longmuir said.
“He just competes, he works his backside off on the field but that’s just a reflection of the work he does off the field.
“He probably puts the most work into his game of anyone on our list, he’s just a work horse and he’s bearing the fruit of that.”
Taberner agreed that he’s benefiting from his work on the track.
“That’s my strength, covering ground and getting to contests,” Taberner said.
“If I get to plenty of contests I’m pretty confident that if my body holds up I can play an important role for the team.”
Taberner was pleased with the team’s fight.
“I’m really proud. We’ve had some significant injuries in the past few weeks,” Taberner said.
“I knew that the guys coming back in today, we had some quality players. Obviously in Fyfey (Nat Fyfe) and Mitch Crowden has been really hungry and trained the house down.
“I was really confident they could come in and play the role for us.
“We were really disappointed last week and we learnt a heap against an experienced team (Geelong). I thought we were able to implement a few changes and we held our structure really well, which paid off.”
Taberner was thrilled with how Freo’s smalls battled up front with both Crowden and Lachie Schultz kicking two goals.
“At training Mitch’s pressure is manic, I knew if he would come in, he’d deliver a tough game, the pressure he brings is just immense,” Taberner said.
“Lachie’s discipline to his role has been awesome. I think we saw glimpses of that against St Kilda where he had some important moments in the last quarter and he was able to finish off.
“I think that offensive stuff is coming. He had a really good JLT game where he kicked four, so he’s got that capacity to be a damaging player.
“His bread and butter is that pressure and that’s what we expect and that’s what he brings every week, a really tough hard player.”