Essendon’s best footy ahead of them, says Worsfold


»There are a lot of teams that are winning this year without playing the footy they want to play or not at their absolute best and we are one of those teams and we want to keep going at it.»

This was a game that rarely hit the heights and was characterised by the profligacy of both sides, who failed to take many of the chances that came their way.

Essendon were probably the worst offenders, but Worsfold said he was always optimistic the Dons would prevail after they managed to claw their way into the lead during the second quarter.

»It was a good arm wrestle for most of the game and then we broke the game open in the last quarter. We felt we were on the verge of doing that several times throughout the game but we didn’t grab our opportunities.

»I think we just got better as the game went on.»

»We know Fremantle gets a lot of numbers behind the ball … they make it very tough, they like a low-scoring game.

»There were times we could have got through, but either [through] poor kicks or missed opportunities, we hung in there long enough and those opportunities came.

»We have had three pretty tight, tough games in the last month and we have lost a couple of them.

»It’s nice to win one that is a tight arm wrestle and I think we will keep growing from that.

Worsfold was pleased new signing Dylan Shiel had got on the scoresheet for the first time and also paid tribute to the impact of Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, whose two second-quarter goals got the Bombers back into the match.

»The boys are pretty happy for him [Shiel]. It was an important goal for us … his [McDonald-Tipungwuti’s] finishing is really strong for us.

Ross Lyon rued the Dockers' inefficiency.

Ross Lyon rued the Dockers’ inefficiency.Credit:AAP

»But Shiel’s [were] important goals for us in the last quarter, [Matt] Guelfi had a couple of big moments, he did some great defensive acts, there were a lot of things happening in the game that either saved a goal or helped us kick a goal.»

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon could only rue the fact that his side failed once again to capitalise on the opportunities they had created earlier in the game.

They finished with a wet sail, kicking the last three goals, but were chasing the game from half-time.

»Our efficiency is a real concern, it’s becoming a pattern. I thought our effort for most of the night was there, certainly our entries, but [we] have got to fine-tune our method.

‘The starting point is that we are getting entries and we are getting the ball back centre forward, that’s two weeks in a row now. Typically that’s the signature of a good AFL team … but you have to get efficient off those opportunities. We need to improve that area of the game.

»The third quarter, [we had] 18 entries for 1.4, which is a real concern. We need to execute better, we need better patterns.

»We are close now, we have got a good dynamic, effort is strong, creating opportunities, getting the ball back where you need to, but now we have to work on our execution and efficiency.»

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