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Visiting Tigers have Harvey worried

By Justin Chadwick 29/05/2009 05:56:54 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle coach Mark Harvey is worried Saturday night's clash with Richmond at Subiaco Oval could play into the Tigers' hands because the AFL match is in Perth.

The Tigers are a club under siege following their disastrous 1-8 start to the season, with coach Terry Wallace expected to depart within the next couple of weeks.

But Harvey believed Richmond were a more dangerous prospect outside Melbourne, which has become a pressure-cooker environment for the struggling side.

"It's an opportunity for the teams that are under scrutiny to get out of Melbourne and come over here and play and not have that scrutiny," Harvey said.

"All of a sudden the weight's off their shoulders.

"That's always an interesting mindset that you look at.

"I think that helps them."

Richmond have an excellent recent record at Subiaco Oval, beating both West Coast and Fremantle there last season by a combined 141 points.

The Tigers also beat the Dockers in Perth during the pre-season but Harvey was adamant Richmond's good record at the venue would count for little on Saturday night.

"I think they probably have got us when ... we haven't had our full capacity and full contingent to pick from," he said.

"I don't think they've got it over us, I just think they've got the confidence of winning over here, which we need to take away from them."

The match will be former Eagle Ben Cousins' first at the venue since round 22, 2007, when he gathered 25 possessions and booted two goals to help West Coast to a thrilling eight-point win over Essendon.

Cousins, who has notched just three games for his new club after suffering a hamstring injury in round one and then a fractured hand in round eight, was named on the bench.

Will Thursfield and Jack Riewoldt were also recalled.

West Australian Mark Coughlan and Daniel Connors were dumped, while Andrew Raines will miss with a knee injury.

Fremantle made three changes, including Andrew Foster, Josh Head and Greg Broughton to replace Roger Hayden (broken leg) and omitted duo Ryan Murphy and Clayton Hinkley.

Dockers veteran and former Bomber Dean Solomon, who will notch his 200th game, also expressed concern about facing a backs-to-the-wall Richmond outfit.

"When the pressure's on the best place to be is on the football field because you are away from it all, you can just express all your frustrations out on the field and just play good footy," Solomon said.

"I see them coming out of Melbourne, getting out of the Melbourne spotlight and coming across to the west and I see them as a dangerous side."

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