We had more inside 50s and more scoring shots than East Fremantle but our efficiency was the difference in the 14.5 (89) to 12.8 (80) loss at Arena Joondalup.
The defeat left us two games outside the top four heading into a bye this weekend, but there’s still plenty of football to be played.
I reminded the players East Fremantle was sitting on three wins and four losses a month ago and now they’ve won four straight.
We’re definitely not out of it with 11 rounds remaining.
We just need to concentrate on our next game against South Fremantle in round 14 and take it from there.
A positive from the weekend’s clash was the performance of young ruckman Seva Martin in the absence of Chris Keunen.
While traditionally we’ve used just one ruckman, we’ll be willing to experiment with two when Keunen returns.
Given Martin stands at 208cm, he could be a handy target up forward.
It’s a matter of assessing whether it’s worth leaving a runner or a key position player out of the side to accommodate that set-up.
Keunen will return along with Matt Guadagnin to the team in our Foxtel Cup semi-final against Western Storm at Subiaco Oval on Tuesday.
Admittedly, this Cup game feels different from the others, as we do not have to travel over east.
Playing at Subiaco is a great experience, but it’s not quite the same as playing at the MCG or Docklands, so the lead-up has been a little more low key.
We haven’t finalised a squad, but can say for certain our seven WA players will be rested.