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'Dogs ready for hostile Cats reception

16/07/2008 02:03:55 PM Comments (0)

The Western Bulldogs are keen to start well against Geelong to silence a parochial crowd at Skilled Stadium in Saturday's top of the table AFL clash.

The highly-anticipated match is a sellout, with the majority of the crowd certain to be Cats supporters.

Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade likened the expected hostile atmosphere in Geelong to a trip interstate and said his side had discussed the importance of putting early scoreboard pressure on the reigning premiers.

"We've spoken about that - 95 per cent of the people are going to be Geelong supporters and there's going to be a fair bit of noise," Eade said.

"I suppose it's like going to Adelaide (and) I think our players will cope with that pretty well.

"I think it will be the sounds of silence - silence is golden and hopefully we can have that on the weekend."

Mitch Hahn did not train with the rest of the group on Wednesday because of swelling to his foot but Eade said the tough forward would play on Saturday.

Eade said Hahn had completely snapped the plantar fascia tendon in his foot against Melbourne last Sunday.

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