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No mental scars for Dockers after shocker against Hawks, says Lyon

LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: Nat Fyfe of the Dockers and Brian Lake of the Hawks in action during the 2015 AFL round 15 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Fremantle Dockers at Aurora Stadium, Launceston, Australia on July 12, 2015. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Nat Fyfe in action for the Dockers against Hawthorn in round 15
If you get stuck on the past, we'd all be playing in the VFL still. We've all moved on
Ross Lyon

FREMANTLE coach Ross Lyon is confident his team isn’t carrying any mental scars from the horror showing against Hawthorn earlier this year.

The Dockers will be shooting for a spot in the Grand Final when they take on the Hawks at Domain Stadium on Friday night.

Match preview: Freo v Hawthorn

Hawthorn has won seven of its past eight matches against Fremantle, including a 72-point demolition in round 15.

In that match at Aurora Stadium, Fremantle managed just one goal in the opening half as Hawthorn exposed several glaring weaknesses.

Ten weeks have passed since that encounter, but Fremantle is still yet to find a solution to its attacking woes.

But with the preliminary final to be played in Perth - and Fremantle feeling fresh after a week off - Lyon is confident the re-match will produce a different result.

"To be honest I put it in the bin straight away," Lyon said of the previous encounter against Hawthorn.

"If you get stuck on the past, we'd all be playing in the VFL still. We've all moved on.

"Obviously they're a good team. Really simply you need to win the ball and move the ball well. We didn't do any of that.

"We don't dwell on the past. We learned those lessons at the time, and we implemented it in our footy over the ensuing weeks."

Hawthorn's premiership credentials took a battering when it lost a qualifying final to West Coast a fortnight ago.

But the Hawks bounced back to their brutal best in last week's 74-point hammering of Adelaide.

Hawthorn will start favourites against the Dockers, and Lyon is urging his charges to embrace the challenge.

"If you want to be the best you've got to beat the best," Lyon said.

"We've got a significant challenge in front of us. But we know our best is good enough. It's where we want to be - a home prelim, fit and available pretty much.

"When the ball's bounced, we all start equal."

Fremantle is almost certain to be without star defender Luke McPharlin (calf), while tagger Ryan Crowley is unlikely to be picked despite serving his 12-month ban for doping.

The Hawks will be without star forward Jack Gunston, who injured his ankle and knee against the Eagles.