Fremantle’s season is officially in freefall after they slumped to a shock loss to Carlton in Sunday’s AFL clash at Domain Stadium.
Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe re-injured his troublesome left leg during the 10.12 (72) to 9.14 (68) defeat, which left Fremantle dead last on the table with a 0-5 record.
In a match marred by horrendous errors, it was only fitting that a shocking turnover decided the match.
With Carlton leading by just four points, an attempted kick across goal from Lachie Neale while being tackled went horribly wrong.
The ball landed in the lap of Blues forward Liam Jones, who booted the goal from 20m out to put Carlton up by 10 points with just a minute remaining.
Chris Mayne kicked a goal after the final siren to reduce the final margin to four.
The Dockers were dreadful throughout the match, and the pressure is set to intensify on coach Ross Lyon following another error-riddled display from his team.
Fyfe might be set for a stint on the sidelines after injuring his left leg while being slung in a tackle during the second quarter.
The star midfielder returned to the field in the third term, but he lasted just minutes before hobbling off again to apply ice to his leg.
It’s the same leg Fyfe broke during last year’s preliminary final loss to Hawthorn, leading to speculation he may have fractured it again.
Defender Michael Johnson (knee) and Hayden Ballantyne (leg) were also left nursing injuries.
Ballantyne had an eventful opening term – and it wasn’t for the right reasons.
The Dockers goalsneak required attention after copping a heavy cork to his left hamstring in the fifth minute.
Then shortly after returning to the field, Ballantyne was left dazed and nursing a sore right knee following a heavy collision with a teammate.
Ballantyne bravely returned to the field with both legs bandaged, but his ill disciplined open-hand blow to Marc Murphy’s chest ended up costing Fremantle a goal.
Murphy and Bryce Gibbs booted clutch goals in the final quarter, while Jones popped up to boot two goals to help seal the win.