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Dockers to address MCG pain

Justin Chadwick 20/06/2011 07:20:58 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich admits the club's latest loss at the MCG could leave it mentally fragile for their next match at the AFL venue.

The injury-hit Dockers slumped to their 10th straight loss at the MCG in Sunday's humiliating 89-point defeat at the hands of Melbourne.

Although Fremantle won't travel to the MCG again this year, unless they play a final there, Pavlich says the club needs to address the reasons behind the run of losses at the 'home of football'.

"Potentially (there will be mental scars to overcome when we next play at the MCG). Let's not kid ourselves, our form has been poor there," Pavlich said on Monday.

"Except for probably some of the game against Hawthorn and some of the game against Richmond, our past performances there have been very indifferent and not to the brand of football that we've been hopefully renowned for in the past year or so.

"We'll probably look at some strategies going forward with that."

Fremantle have lost five of their past seven games to slip to seventh on the table, just two points clear of ninth-placed Melbourne and 10th-placed Richmond.

But Pavlich refuses to use the club's lengthy injury list as an excuse for the form slump.

"It doesn't matter who's running out there in the Fremantle jumper, we expect a certain level of performance," he said.

"Whether it's your best 22 or what we're faced with at the moment, it doesn't matter who's out there.

"Our fans should be disappointed and it's going to be a searching and challenging week internally for us."

Ruckman Aaron Sandilands (foot), goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne (hamstring) and defenders Alex Silvagni and Roger Hayden are chances to return against Brisbane at Patersons Stadium on Saturday night, while Pavlich declared himself fit despite copping a knock to his foot against the Demons.

But the Dockers are set to lose defender Antoni Grover (adductor) and possibly Ryan Crowley (back).

"We're trying to hold the fort as best we can until we get some of our better players back," Pavlich said.

"We just have to stick strong, stick tight and stick to the plan. There's no point changing it now.

"The light at the end of the tunnel is almost there and we're getting there slowly.

"For the young guys who are probably getting their opportunity (due to the injuries), it's fantastic.

"They're enthusiastic, they're able to go and showcase their abilities.

"Yet for some of the senior guys, who are seasoned players, it can be quite challenging.

"It's whether you look at the glass half-full or the glass half-empty. I'm going to go with the glass half-full, I think."

Pavlich has averaged just over 20 possessions in his past six games, but the 29-year-old refuses to concede his form has tapered.

"It's not for me about kicks, handballs, goals completely," he said.

"There's a lot of other stuff that I take into account in my role as captain to make sure the team's endeavouring to play their best each week."

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