No pan­ick­ing for Peel game de­spite heavy loss

North Coast Weekender - - Sport - With Bill Mon­aghan

WE head to Man­durah on Fri­day to face a Peel side that has less AFL ex­pe­ri­ence than when they beat us in the fi­nals last year, but is still a very good group of play­ers.

The Thun­der is a well­bal­anced team and while there’s noth­ing spe­cific we need to tar­get, we need to be bet­ter at what we do if we we’re go­ing to beat them.

Peel foot­ballers who aren’t on Fre­man­tle’s list, such as Rory O’Brien, Leroy Jetta and Blair Bell, have been play­ing some ter­rific footy.

From the Dock­ers con­tin­gent, we could face Danyle Pearce, who didn’t play for the Thun­der last week.

There’s also the likes of Matt Taberner, Jon Griffin, Nick Suban, Darcy Tucker and Cameron Sut­cliffe, who were strong on Satur­day and will need at­ten­tion should they suit up against us.

Since we’re play­ing to­mor­row, we did our main train­ing ses­sion last night.

We’ll need to make some per­son­nel changes af­ter our heavy 23.8 (146) to 6.7 (43) loss to South Fre­man­tle on Satur­day, but we won’t be pan­ick­ing at the se­lec­tion ta­ble.

When you lose by that much there’s dozens of is­sues you can iden­tify, but our in­abil­ity to put pres­sure on the Bull­dogs and counter their run and spread were the two that cost us so heav­ily at Fre­man­tle Oval.

We felt like we were still in the game at half-time, even though we were four or five goals down, so we kept on with our game plan.

Most of the dam­age was done in the sec­ond half, so we tried to min­imise the im­pact by mak­ing some changes around the ground.

When you’re fac­ing a heavy de­feat, you don’t want to change the game plan too quickly, but you’re also un­der pres­sure to stop the rot.

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