Senior coach Justin Longmuir expects Fremantle to be a different outfit in front of a home crowd when taking on Hawthorn at Optus Stadium on Sunday.
Longmuir has been critical of Freo’s efforts in their two away trips against Carlton and Melbourne and is expecting better both at home and on the road in future games.
He said Freo’s pressure was poor in round three against Carlton despite the stat sheet saying Freo won the tackle count 62-47.
“What was really disappointing was the contest. I thought they were bigger and stronger than us and our pressure was poor,” Longmuir told Seven News.
“Although we had a reasonable number of tackles, the amount of missed tackles we had was concerning. That allowed them to get on the outside and open us up with their offence. The most disappointing part was probably the contest.”
Longmuir said Freo went into their shells at Marvel Stadium and hopes this can be reversed in front of the Purple Army at Optus Stadium.
“They were trying to intimidate some of our younger players and I thought we could have stood up for each other a little bit more,” Longmuir said.
“It’s something we touched on in review and it’s something we’ll continue to work on.
“Sometimes when you play away and you’re getting beaten on the scoreboard you go a little bit insular and I thought we did that…we could have supported each other a little bit better.
“We got a sense of the big crowd on the weekend from the Blues supporters and we’d like to give Hawthorn some of that same treatment. I’d love to see as many Dockers fans get out and support us as we can.”