Fyfe urges AFL Dockers not to fracture

Fremantle's Nat Fyfe was kept in check by West Coast but has vowed to bounce back to form. (AAP)

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe was left hurting by his team's 91-point AFL loss to West Coast but urged the Dockers to stick together as they aim to make amends.

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe says it's important the player group doesn't fracture in the wake of the embarrassing 91-point AFL loss to West Coast.

The Dockers scored a wayward 2.19 (31) on Saturday night to slump to the second largest defeat in western derby history.

More importantly, it's left 11th-placed Fremantle (7-8) a win adrift of eighth spot.

A shock four-point home loss to Carlton a week before the disintegration to the Eagles had already raised alarm bells, and coach Ross Lyon is now under enormous pressure to get the team out of its funk.

Fremantle's clash with Hawthorn in Launceston on Saturday looms as a season-defining encounter.

Fyfe said the loss to West Coast hurt and is urging everyone to stick together.

"We make no excuses for that performance and as a club," Fyfe told the club's website.

"We won't sweep this game under the rug. We'll look at it as best we can, we'll look at selection and individual performances.

"It wasn't good enough and it probably starts with me.

"It's important that we don't fracture. We'll get a lot of criticism coming our way and deservedly so.

"Internally, we need to galvanise and work our way through this as we have another contest coming up in Tasmania and a lot of footy left in us this season."

Fremantle won the inside 50m count 60-50 against West Coast but their entries were easily picked off by Jeremy McGovern, Shannon Hurn, Brad Sheppard, and Tom Barrass.

Fyfe was below par, held to just 21 disposals - his quietest display of the season.

The third-year skipper said he needed to be better but he felt the team performance against the premiers wasn't an accurate reflection of where they are at.

"Not a lot went right. We are a good team on our best day and we didn't play very well at all," Fyfe said.

Fremantle are set to rest Aaron Sandilands for the trip to Tasmania.

The ruckman, who tallied 18 hitouts from eight disposals in his first game in more than a year, will be replaced against the Hawks by Sean Darcy.

Lyon said he would consider making a statement on the selection front in response to the heavy derby loss.

Source AAP

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