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Longmuir praises even 22 contribution

The Dockers have handed Collingwood their second straight loss in the west following a thrilling 12-point win.

Matt Taberner booted four goals in one of his better games for Fremantle while Lachie Schultz and Mitch Crowden kicked two goals each.

Coach Justin Longmuir post-match praised the contribution from all 22 players and when asked about whether the side was becoming more even each week he agreed.

"I think so and that comes with giving players opportunity. Clearly we have played a younger midfield at times but we are giving opportunity to players all over the ground and we feel like those players are ready for their opportunity and we are bringing them in at the right time. They’re standing up and tonight was a really high pressure game and I thought we had a real even contribution from everyone."

Connor Blakely made his long awaited return to the side and Longmuir said he would now stay in the side.

"He’s had a point to prove for the last ten weeks to be honest. I said to him during the week that he’s a better footballer now than what he was eight weeks ago without having played AFL football and that was because of his attitude. His attitude to training with real purpose, his commitment to the contest, his commitment to his teammates and that prepared him for his opportunity and tonight he took it. Clearly he’s got some work to do in certain areas of his game but I loved his attitude, I loved his commitment to his role."

The Dockers are 14th on the AFL ladder but sit 16th on percentage. They have a bye next week before taking on Carlton at Optus Stadium.



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