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Freo plays down need for psychology

By Justin Chadwick 27/05/2008 02:07:51 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey has played down the need for his players to seek psychological help despite the AFL club's mentality being questioned in recent weeks.

The Dockers became the first team since St Kilda in 1940 to lose four consecutive matches after leading at three-quarter time when they were over-run by Carlton on Saturday.

After that loss, Harvey said his team needed to start "visualising winning" when asked whether the club would call upon psychological help to arrest the team's final-quarter fadeouts.

But Harvey believed the issue could be dealt with in other ways.

"I was only answering the question (about whether a psychologist was needed) and I mentioned that visually you could perhaps look at winning ... to overcome what we are going through at the moment, that's all," Harvey told 6PR.

"If you see what's happening to us at the moment ... you'd certainly consider different opinions, but it's not something that you've got to rely on totally.

"We just have to assess everything ourselves and own up to things on what we need to do to get better in these situations and push through.

"I think the minute we come to the conclusion and we have a win I think you'll see a totally different mindset to the way things are handled."

Harvey said the club's psychologist Neil McLean worked with the players in a number of different areas, including how best to handle pressure.

Emerging midfielder Rhys Palmer said he would meet with McLean if Harvey ordered the team to do so.

"Every club's got one (a psychologist) but I don't personally have much to do with one," Palmer said.

"If the coach wanted us to see one, I'd love to."

Harvey said he sat the players down after the nine-point loss to the Blues to discuss their mindset in the final quarter.

"(It was) just (about) their mindset, how they deal with it when the game's in the balance," Harvey said.

"They are very honest with each other now, they don't hold back when they're discussing things in front of each other.

"They'll sometimes get into confrontational debate about things that happen in the last quarter as to how we can get better in those circumstances."

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