They’ve made their best ever start to an AFL season, but Fremantle haven’t even come close to reaching their potential, according to coach Ross Lyon.
The Dockers sit on top of the table with a perfect 4-0 record after posting wins over Port Adelaide, Geelong, West Coast, and Sydney.
With the toughest block of their draw now behind them, Fremantle have an excellent chance to lock up a top-two berth over the coming months.
Fremantle will start as hot favourites in Sunday’s clash with Melbourne at the MCG, but Lyon said his team weren’t getting carried away with their unbeaten start to the season.
“It’s only early. There’s no breathing out here. We are hungry,” Lyon told Perth radio station 6PR.
“There’s some things going right, but we’ve got to make sure we keep improving, because we are nowhere near the level we need to be to go to where we want to be.
“AFL throws up lots of stories. You’ve just got to look at the weekend, all the predictions get thrown out the window. So we’re not going to fall for that one.”
Fremantle’s sizzling starts in wins over West Coast and Sydney have been breathtaking.
The Dockers booted the first 11 goals of the match against West Coast to secure their sixth straight derby victory.
And in Saturday’s 14-point win over Sydney, Fremantle opened up a 48-point lead by half-time.
“It’s player attitude. We’re dog hungry, we’re fit, and there’s pressure on for spots,” Lyon said.
“So all those things add up to build the pressure and effort.”
Melbourne are 2-2 following their upset win over Richmond last week.
Lyon said he had been impressed by how Demons coach Paul Roos had transformed his side.
“Teams reflect their leader. He’s got them competing and working hard, and that’s what he stands for,” Lyon said.
“He certainly instils strongly the fundamentals of the game, which is competition and two-way run.
“I watched Melbourne on Friday night, and they were really fierce. They had their tails up.”
Fremantle will be boosted by the return of goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne, who is free to play after serving his two-match suspension.
The Demons will be without injured duo Dean Kent (hamstring) and Neville Jetta (concussion).