The result didn’t go our way for a reason – Barlow

FREMANTLE midfielder Michael Barlow says the Dockers are looking to rebound quickly following a disappointing loss to Richmond on Friday.

The Dockers entered the match as favourites following a flawless start to 2015, but the home side came undone by a tenacious and efficient Tigers outfit that had eight goals on the board before the end of the first term.

Barlow said there would be no shortcuts in the review of the match.

�We hold ourselves to a really high standard,� he said.

�We review games – regardless of result – really stringently and really we don�t sweep anything under the carpet because maybe we got out of jail and had a close win.

�Likewise, we won�t hide from anything or jump at shadows if the result, like the weekend, didn�t go our way.�

The Dockers were five goals down at the first change and seven by half time, and despite winning the second half were convincingly beaten 15.7 (97) to 10.10 (70).

Richmond talls Ty Vickery, Ben Griffiths and Jack Riewoldt booted seven goals between them, while midfielders Dustin Martin, Brandon Ellis, Shane Edwards and skipper Trent Cotchin got plenty of the ball.

The defence was blanket-like too, with Michael Walters the only real threat for Fremantle up forward.

�The result didn�t go our way for a reason,� Barlow said.

�Richmond was too good on the night and credit to them because the areas we identified as their strengths and the areas we needed to expose and stop them from being influential we couldn�t do.

�They beat us at the game that we knew they play.�

A week earlier Barlow had helped pull the Dockers over the line in a tight clash with the Crows at Adelaide Oval.

Hemmed in on the boundary, Barlow sidestepped a Crows defender before snapping a clutch goal from the right pocket to give the visitors a 13-point lead.

Barlow said today his teammates had ensured the freak goal did not go to his head.

�Everyone likes getting forward and kicking goals but I should be looking to dish a few more off,� he said.

�I was made aware that a few blokes were open at the top of the square straight after (the goal) and after the game so I better be looking to the top of the square a bit more often going forward.�

The Dockers play Gold Coast on Saturday.