Lyon's pride and derision over Freo

Sportal July 29, 2012, 8:42 pm
Ross Lyon

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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon was sporting conflicting, mixed emotions following the 27-point win over Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Sunday.

Lyon was thrilled with the Dockers' first-half demolition in which the Power were battered comprehensively, miffed with some wayward second-quarter goal-kicking which could have really buried the home side, and 'bitterly disappointed' with the fourth-quarter disappearing act which took considerable shine off the overall performance.

"I thought we absolutely annihilated them in the first half - 28 (inside 50) entries to 12, (and) 13 shots to four," Lyon said.

"(We had) full control ... (I'm) absolutely rapt with the way we played.

"If we had have converted, we would have been 60 points up (at half-time, instead of 34).

"To kick 1.5 in the second quarter, the game should have been over. I was really disappointed with that.

"In the last quarter, I knew they (Port) would lift, but I was really disappointed.

"We had four versus 20 (inside 50) entries and (6-14) clearances out of the middle.

"I was bitterly disappointed with our last quarter - really quite frustrating."

In the end, the late fade-out was merely academic as the three quarter-time margin was 44 points and a fourth straight victory for Freo was already assured.

Lyon was rapt with the aggressive way his charges hit the ground running early, blazing the first five goals.

It was particularly pleasing for Lyon, who appeared noticeably irked by misguided boasts that the Power were planning to deal with the Dockers on a physical level.

"I thought we took them to the cleaners in the first half, to be frank," Lyon said.

"We were really aggressive and in their face.

"Port Adelaide made a lot of noises about how they were going to be physical and take it right up and all that stuff.

"So I was rapt with the way we came out and played."

Nat Fyfe's comeback from a dislocated shoulder after three months on the pine was one of the success stories of the afternoon.

The dynamic midfielder showed no signs of rust, finishing with 26 disposals - including 18 in the first half - six inside 50s and a goal.

"The return of Nat Fyfe - he's just brilliant," Lyon said.

"Gee whiz, I wasn't sure what to expect. Give me a few more Nat Fyfes and I'll coach a bit better.

"He's such a good contested ball winner and monster athlete."

Having taken advantage of a soft draw throughout July, the big test for the Dockers comes this Saturday in the form of hometown rival West Coast.

Lyon is not shying away from talking up the task at hand.

"It's going to be a really good challenge for us, the Carlton Mid Derby," he said.

"We're really keen to put our best foot forward.

"We've beaten the teams around us or below us ... we need to beat somebody above us to legitimise what we're trying to do for the year.

"West Coast Eagles are the first opportunity for that, so I'm really excited about it.

"It's one of the great rivalries and we want to build on that. At some point we want to be able to play our best in the derby."

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