Forward Rory Lobb said Fremantle had their chances to put Carlton away after the Blues won by four points with a goal after the siren on Saturday night at Optus Stadium.
Jack Newnes’s goal from the boundary line came from a contentious free was awarded to Carlton after Andrew Brayshaw bumped Sam Docherty after a kick on the wing.
Lobb said senior coach Justin Longmuir was concentrating on how Freo let the game slip in his post-match review.
“(Longmuir) was focusing on what we could control. We put our performance out there and we’re heading in the right direction as a young group,” Lobb said.
“Obviously we had a few brain fades here and there in the third quarter, we let them back into the game.
“But all in all, we’re moving in the right direction.”
The game was Rory Lobb’s 100th in the AFL after playing 74 games for GWS and his 26th for Fremantle.
He said it was tough not to be celebrating the milestone with a win.
“Obviously, that one’s going to be a tough one to swallow,” Lobb said.
“We were in front the whole game and then got pipped on the line. We gave it our all and it’s a split second decision but that’s what footy is.
“I haven’t seen the replay (of the free kick), but I know Andy was trying to smother the ball.”