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Lyon: Freo finals record irrelevant

Sportal September 2, 2012, 9:14 am
Garrick Ibbotson

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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said past results will count for little when they take on Geelong at the MCG in their elimination final on Saturday night.

The Dockers have won eight of their past nine matches to storm into the top eight but have a poor record in finals.

But Lyon said both their winning form and their finals flops were irrelevant stats.

"History means squat," he said.

"I don't crystal ball, I can't predict future results. And I'll tell you something else, past results count for nothing."

Fremantle accounted for Melbourne by 61 points on Saturday night at Patersons Stadium in their final game of the home-and-away season.

Lyon said the real season starts now.

"It's exciting for us," he said.

"We've worked really hard. The rehearsal's over.

"We come in in good form, we're fit and available. The MCG under lights against a triple premiership team, it's a really exciting challenge for us."

It looked like Fremantle would be in a position to manipulate the result against Melbourne and finish eighth in order to gain a home final against fifth-placed West Coast.

But Greater Western Sydney's effort against the Kangaroos to only go down by 28 points meant it would be too hard for the Dockers to ensure their percentage would be worse than North Melbourne's.

Lyon said he was not willing to flirt with their form.

"To be frank, there was no issue. There was nothing to manage. We knew what the reality was," Lyon said.

"We're about integrity and not compromising how we go about it."

Key defender Luke McPharlin was subbed out of the game when he tweaked his hamstring in the third term.

Retiring 202-game veteran Antoni Grover will come into calculations for a recall but will compete with Alex Silvagni for the third tall spot.

Lyon conceded McPharlin was a massive loss but said Geelong have their own concerns as well.

"Today Chapman's been reported and you see the Johnson incident. They'll be looked at so they've got headaches as well," he said.

"That's part of finals, isn't it? Gathering everything and dealing with what's in front of you.

"It's disappointing for the players, but as football coaches and teams, you've got to move on quickly."

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