Lyon aims to tame Tiger midfield

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 25 April 2013 | 12.50

TAB's Adam Hamilton and Nick Quinn bring you the latest news and information for this week's AFL action.

The Dockers will try to put the brakes on Brett Deledio. Source: Herald Sun

FREMANTLE coach Ross Lyon says his team can't afford another mental lapse if it is to tame Richmond's talented midfield tomorrow night at Patersons Stadium.

The Dockers (2-2) are yet to put together a consistent four-quarter effort this season, with a horrible third term against Essendon in Round 3 and a similarly bad opening stanza against Hawthorn last week costing them dearly.

Lyon is well aware of the threat Richmond's midfield poses, with the likes of Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin, Brett Deledio, Shane Tuck and Shaun Grigg able to tear the game wide open, with the help of ruckman Ivan Maric.

Fremantle has its own midfield matchwinners in the form of David Mundy, Nat Fyfe, Michael Barlow and Stephen Hill, but Lyon said consistency would be the key to victory.

"Richmond have got real speed. That midfield they've invested in over five or six years now is really strong," Lyon said.

"So we understand what we're up against is very impressive. And there's a reason everyone's talking about Richmond, because their best is very good.

"We think we're quite a good team, but we've been a bit inconsistent, which concerns us. But we get a real opportunity to fix that."

Lyon said the club's annual Len Hall tribute match was a good chance to honour Anzac Day.

But given sport wasn't a life-and-death scenario, Lyon said it would be disrespectful to compare footballers to soldiers.

"The Australian and New Zealand forces over a long period of time have been sent to battle by their governments to protect the country and represent the free world," Lyon said.

"But for our players, I don't ask them to play like the Anzacs and live like the Anzacs because that, to me, would almost be disrespectful.

"What we ask is an effort that honours that day.

"(Anzac Day) is a lot about mateship and the view on mates and trust, and where it originated from under real pressure."

Fremantle utility Matt de Boer, whose grandfather served in World War II, echoed Lyon's thoughts.

"It's silly to try to compare us to the bravery and the actions the Anzacs did for us to ensure that we live today the way we do," de Boer said.

"But we'll go out there and do our best job to honour them in our special way."

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