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Lions out to inflict pain on Dockers

14/07/2009 01:57:14 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle fans haven't had a lot to shout about lately but that hasn't stopped the Brisbane Lions adopting a "silence the crowd" approach for Saturday night's AFL clash at Subiaco.

The Dockers have done a good job of their own keeping their supporters quiet after an embarrassing 117-point loss away to Adelaide on Saturday night.

However, Lions coach Michael Voss is wary of a backlash when they meet this weekend.

The Lions will also be keen to show how far they have come since losing their heads two weeks ago in a 48-point loss to Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

"We use the term `silence the crowd'," Voss said of the Lions' approach to the Dockers clash.

"But to do that you need to get on top.

"And they (Dockers fans) will be out in full force. They will be loud, and they (Fremantle) will draw confidence from that.

"But the good sides don't look for external influences to be able to get them up, they just look for what they have to achieve week in, week out.

"And for us to be a good side that is what we have to get to, not rely on a shocking loss to get us up the next week."

Voss said the Dockers would go through the same week of soul searching the Lions had endured twice already this season.

The Lions have bounced back from a 93-point, round five loss at Geelong and the AAMI Stadium thrashing to be on track for a top four finish with a 9-6 record.

"You won't have to be Einstein to realise they will be a team under pressure this week - we fully expect them to rebound from that," Voss said.

"We had a talk last week about where we were going (after the Port loss) and would expect Fremantle to do the same - bunker down, get tighter together, really prepare for this week and set themselves.

"All we can do is bring our very, very best."

The Lions are full of confidence after thrashing an undermanned Geelong by 43 points last Saturday night, adding to a high-profile list of 2009 victims that also includes premiers Hawthorn.

"To beat the two grand final teams is a genuine scalp for these players," Voss said.

"They should take away a lot of confidence that they can match it with the best teams in the competition."

But the Lions have been hit by their fourth season ending injury - key defender Jed Adcock (knee).

Voss said the onus was now on the likes of youngster Tom Collier to "step up".

Voss also hinted that hard running midfielder Bradd Dalziel would make his return from a knee injury against Fremantle.

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