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Fremantle out to break Gabba hoodoo

By Justin Chadwick 04/06/2008 07:30:28 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey says it's time for his players to create history for all the right reasons.

Last week's 28-point loss to Port Adelaide marked the Dockers' fifth game on the trot the club had lost after leading at three-quarter time.

It was the first time in VFL-AFL history such a feat had been achieved, with St Kilda's run of four in 1940 the previous worst.

But Harvey said Sunday's game against Brisbane at the Gabba - a venue Fremantle is yet to post a win at in seven visits - was as good a chance as any to break their Gabba hoodoo and create a slice of history worth being proud of.

"We've been creating history for all the wrong reasons at the moment and perhaps this week might be a change," Harvey said.

After 10 rounds of football, the Dockers sit second last on the table with a disastrous 1-9 record.

But Harvey, whose team is enduring a seven-game losing streak, said the players were coping "amazingly well" with the pressure.

"But we don't want to be patronised, we've got to work ourself out of this situation," he added.

Brisbane spearhead Jonathan Brown is battling a knee injury but Harvey said he expected the Lions skipper to front up against the Dockers.

"Our spies are in and around, sniffing, looking. He's 50-50," Harvey said.

"Jonathan's got a great resolve about him. You would have to say he'll get up."

Fremantle midfielder Peter Bell, who missed last week's clash against the Power after his back locked up on the morning of the match, will return against the Lions.

Harvey said ruckman Robert Warnock and forward Ryan Murphy, who kicked six goals in the WAFL, would both come under strong consideration for selection.

Warnock has managed just two games this season but Harvey said the 206cm giant was on the verge of a recall.

"I was happy with what he did on the weekend (in the WAFL)," Harvey said.

"We just want him to go into the game with full fitness and a lot of confidence, and to work in with Aaron. We are just on the eve of doing that I think."

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