Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir has urged his players to regain their hunter mentality as the Dockers attempt to keep their top-four hopes alive.
A three-match winless run has resulted in Fremantle dropping to sixth and they will likely need to win their remaining three games and rely on other results to nab a prized top-four berth.
Saturday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium looms as the Dockers’ toughest match in the run home, with West Coast and GWS to follow.
The 10th-placed Bulldogs (10-9) are fighting for their finals survival after blowing a 26-point lead in last week’s 28-point loss to Geelong.
It means Saturday’s match is going to have a desperate edge to it, and Longmuir wants his troops to get cracking.
Fremantle started the season in stunning style, upsetting Geelong, Melbourne, and Brisbane to announce themselves as a premiership threat.
But listless losses to Sydney and Melbourne either side of a draw with Richmond have raised major question marks about Fremantle’s credentials.
“We need to find an urgency, there’s no doubt about it,” Longmuir said.
“We’re getting to the pointy end of the season. But simplicity is the key when players have got their minds clogged with other things.