THE SELECTION axe looms over some of St Kilda's under-performers after coach Brett Ratten declared his side had too many passengers in its collapse against Fremantle on Saturday.
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Leading by 37 points early in the second quarter, the Saints conceded 10 of the next 11 goals before fighting back to level the scores late in the final term, only to lose by six points to the lowly-ranked Dockers.
The Saints were looking to consolidate a top-four spot ahead of the match, but the shock loss leaves them at 3-3 and clinging to their place in the top eight ahead of at least four more matches based out of their Queensland hub.
"We just had too many blokes that we carried today," Ratten said post-match.
"Our wins have been built on everybody contributing and today I thought we just had a few blokes who contributed, and others didn't really have much influence on the game.
"We've brought a full squad up here, so we'll play players who are in form. If you're not in form and your form's tapering, you might be in a bit of trouble."
High-priced recruit Bradley Hill had just five disposals after quarter-time against his former side, while forwards Jonathon Marsh (one) and Dan Butler (three) also went quiet.
"It really went pear-shaped," Ratten said of the performance after the first break.
"We showed our best and our worst in one day and in two different quarters."
The Saints will also be sweating out on the outcome of Ben Long's high bump on Sean Darcy that left the Dockers ruckman concussed and ruled out of the game.
Dockers coach Justin Longmuir was proud of his side as they fought back to claim their second consecutive win.
"It just reinforced we've got real ticker," he said.
"We've got a lot of players who never give up. We've shown that pretty much all season but just reinforced when our backs were against the wall at quarter-time and we just never gave up."
Longmuir said the decision to push skipper Nat Fyfe forward after quarter-time was based on tactics to provide a target as forward Rory Lobb moved into the ruck to replace Darcy.