Sport Kangaroos are no AFL mugs: Dockers' Lyon

11:15  21 april  2017
11:15  21 april  2017 Source:   9News.com.au

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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has warned his team against complacency ahead of Saturday night's AFL clash with North Melbourne, saying the Kangaroos are no mugs despite their lowly ladder position.

“We are squarely focused on the Kangaroos ,” Lyon said. “The ledger says 0-4 but we know that they have played some very good footy. We are not playing any mugs here. Topics. AFL Fremantle Dockers .

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has warned his team against complacency. © Getty Images Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has warned his team against complacency. Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has warned his team against complacency ahead of Saturday night's AFL clash with North Melbourne, saying the Kangaroos are no mugs despite their lowly ladder position.

North Melbourne are second last on the table after their 0-4 start to the season.

It's in stark contrast to last year, when the Kangaroos won their first nine games.

They embarked on a huge list cleanout at the end of last season, with veterans Brent Harvey, Nick Dal Santo, Michael Firrito, Drew Petrie and Daniel Wells all leaving the club.

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“We are squarely focused on the Kangaroos ,” Lyon said. “You don’t have to do much wrong in AFL football . Lindsay Thomas kicked to win the game (against the Bulldogs last week) and they played some pretty good football against the Cats as well. We are not playing any mugs here.

Coach Ross Lyon says the Dockers will look at bringing in another ruckman to support Aaron Sandilands against North. “We are squarely focused on the Kangaroos . 'We are not playing any mugs ': Lyon .

Although the Kangaroos are yet to win a game this season, all four games have been against top-four contenders. And, they came within a kick of beating Geelong and the Western Bulldogs.

"The ledger says 0-4, but we know they've played some very good footy," Lyon said.

"We understand we're playing a formidable opponent who has their backs to the wall.

"We're not playing mugs here.

"Lindsay Thomas kicked to win the game (against the Bulldogs last week), and they played some pretty good football against the Cats."

Lyon was a man under pressure a fortnight ago after his team suffered big losses to Geelong and Port Adelaide in the opening two rounds.

But surprise wins against the Bulldogs and Melbourne have lifted spirits at the club, and given them hope of snaring an unlikely finals berth.

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AFL , anzac day, Fremantle Dockers , live blog, North Melbourne Kangaroos . North Melbourne haven’t managed to defeat a Ross Lyon side since 2009, before Brad Scott became the Kangaroo coach.

Star player of Fremantle Nat Fyfe. © Getty Images Star player of Fremantle Nat Fyfe. Star players such as Nat Fyfe, Aaron Sandilands, Lachie Neale, Stephen Hill and David Mundy have been critical in Fremantle's turnaround.

But the inclusion of a host of emerging players also played a key part, with their youthful energy revitalising the side.

"We like confidence, but everyone misuses it and misunderstands it. It's built off action and firming up belief in what you're doing," Lyon said.

"On the back of the last two weeks, it fuels our belief in ourselves and what we're doing."

The Dockers have made just one change this week, with Darcy Tucker coming in for the injured Harley Balic (hip).

North Melbourne recalled Mason Wood and Ed Vickers-Willis for Nathan Hrovat (dropped) and ruckman Braydon Preuss (rested).

The Kangaroos have lost nine of their past 11 matches in Perth, including the three most-recent clashes.

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North Melbourne have seen off a persistent Gold Coast at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night to record their first win of the AFL season.The Kangaroos clung to a six-point lead early in the last quarter but Ben Brown kicked two of his career-best six goals to help his side to a 16.11 (107) to 14.10 (94) win in front of 15,431 fans at Etihad Stadium.

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