It took a team effort for Fremantle to defeat Hawthorn on Monday night at Optus Stadium and captain Nat Fyfe said Freo laid the foundations for the win mid-week in their preparation for the clash.
Fyfe was at his usualy best on the night with 28 disposals, 14 contested possessions and a goal in the clash.
But it was Freo's youth that again shone on the night, led by Andrew Brayshaw, who had a career-high 33 disposals - five more than his previous best despite the shorter quarters in 2020.
Fyfe credited Freo’s coaches for the work they put into find a way to defeat the Hawks for the first time since 2014.
“I think our coaches scouted pretty well,” Fyfe told Fox Footy.
“We’ve found in recent weeks they had been playing a bit more dangerously coming through the corridor, (Sam) Frost, (James) Frawley, their half backs really taking the game on.
“We thought we owned the corridor pretty well, which gave us some good looks on turnover.”
A part of that dominance in the middle of the ground came through Freo’s pressure, led by 10 tackles from Mitch Crowden.
Fyfe credited Crowden for his efforts in helping Freo win the tackle count 55 to 40.
“He’s the ultimate team man, Mitch,” Fyfe said.
“We love having him in. He bobs up every now and then with a goal but really his positioning, pressure and hunt, he’s as hard as a cats head.
‘He’s been doing that sort of role, that pressure forward, turning half chances into a scoring opportunity for us, so he’s valuable.”
Fremantle face Carlton in five days at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.
Fyfe said Longmuir quickly turned Freo’s focus to building on their back-to-back wins in just five days time.
“(We have) two wins in a row, we want to make that three in a row,” Fyfe said.
“Recovery is going to be the focus. Each week we’re getting more minutes into our younger team, building consistency and learning our language.
“Hopefully, we’re going to continue to improve in the next five to six weeks.
“I think we’re about to hit a pretty compressed part of the season so this is where it’s going to get tricky.
“We’re pushing into a five day break now and a seven from there and then it will tighten right up.
“The focus from here will be about recovery, doing what you can, and getting ready to go again.”