Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says Tom Sheridan should not be blamed after the young defender's horror mistake cruelled the club's flag hopes.
The Dockers were on track to book a spot in the premiership decider after closing to within nine points of Hawthorn early in the final quarter of their preliminary final in Perth.
But Fremantle's hopes of victory evaporated when Sheridan dropped the easiest of marks in defence and Cyril Rioli snapped a goal from the ensuing crumb.
The moment proved to be the major turning point, with Hawthorn going on to win by 27 points.
Sheridan was consoled by several teammates straight after his shocker, and was still visibly upset after the match.
"Tommy Sheridan is sitting there really upset. That's not the reason we lost, but obviously it was a critical moment," Lyon said post-match.
"I put my arm around him and gave him a cuddle.
"I said, 'I know you're upset mate, but it's a brutal game. We're not playing tiddlywinks, we're trying to get to an AFL Grand Final against a team that looks like they could be a triple-premiership team'.
"There is no recrimination. It's costly ... but my boys win and lose together."