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Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir believes four-goal haul could propel Jesse Hogan back to top form

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir hopes Jesse Hogan’s four goals against North Melbourne give him the injection of confidence required to believe that he is still good enough to be one of the AFL’s best key forwards.

Hogan ended the goal scoring drought which has seen him unable to previously boot a major this season as the Dockers thrashed North Melbourne 15.9 (99) to 5.5 (35) at Metricon Stadium.

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He was part of a three-pronged tall forward line that gave North Melbourne plenty of problems as Hogan, Matt Taberner and Rory Lobb combined for eight goals.

Hogan has had a difficult season with mental health battles, injuries and form challenges. Longmuir said kicking four goals for the first time since 2018 was a reward for effort.

“Hopefully it gives him confidence that he can still play well at the level. Confidence that he’s building his game and layers to his game and confidence that I think we can play three talls in our front half,” Longmuir said.

“I’ve known what he can do. We saw glimpses of him at his best when he first came back. There was a game against Gold Coast where he took nine marks.

“He didn’t kick the goals, but his forward craft was there and he still performed his role really well. That re-enforces what I believe in him.

“Against Melbourne I thought he executed his role really well with defensive pressure and he set up some goals for his teammates. So that was really positive.

Jesse Hogan and Sean Darcy of the Dockers celebrate their victory during the round 16 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Fremantle Dockers at Cazaly's Stadium.
Camera IconJesse Hogan and Sean Darcy of the Dockers celebrate their victory during the round 16 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Fremantle Dockers at Cazaly’s Stadium. Credit: Albert Perez/via AFL Photos

“My comment to him during the week was just to stick at it, work both sides of the ball and opportunities and goals will come.”

Michael Walters and Lachie Schulz also kicked three goals each and Longmuir said the selfless approach inside 50 helped all of the forwards to hit the scoreboard.

The win saw Fremantle kick their highest score this season and record their greatest winning margin since round one last year.

Longmuir was proud that his team had performed so well, given the challenge of playing four games in 15 days and flying from Cairns on the morning of the match. He described the Dockers second hub experience as “strenuous” but everyone had displayed their character.

“We got up early, travelled on a plane for two hours. I thought on the back of the obstacles that were thrown at us, it was a really mature performance,” Longmuir said.

“We asked our players first and foremost to prepare for it, understand and get organised, then embrace it as a challenge. Embrace the opportunity and see what we are like under that type of distraction.

“I thought our players approached it with a really positive mindset all week and that was no different today. We got the reward for it.”

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