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Fremantle Dockers v Collingwood Magpies, wet weather football, top two, finals aspirations, Justin Longmuir

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir says the Dockers got the “reality check” they deserved in the 36-point loss to Collingwood on Sunday.

Fremantle were sitting pretty in second position after eight rounds, behind only undefeated reigning premiers Melbourne.

But a shock loss to the Gold Coast on the road and the loss to Collingwood in similar wet conditions has seen them slip to fourth – only ahead of St Kilda by percentage.

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A tense Longmuir was critical of his players’ mindset heading into the clash at Optus Stadium, stating “everyone was getting way ahead of themselves”.

“We’re a young inexperienced team still,” he said.

“This gives us a reality check.

“We were riding high, everyone was getting way ahead of themselves.

“And when you get way ahead of…

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