Defender Garrick Ibbotson says Fremantle will take confidence from their healthy record in Melbourne this year into Saturday's daunting clash with Collingwood at the MCG.
The Dockers find themselves in the rare position of having a better win-loss ratio on the road than at home in 2012.
They have defeated both St Kilda and Richmond in Melbourne this season, with their ledger standing at 3-2 in interstate matches. They have conversely won three of seven games at Patersons Stadium.
Ibbotson said ending a 10-game losing streak in their previous visit to the MCG a fortnight ago had guaranteed some confidence coming up against the Magpies.
"We do have confidence going over to play there," he said. "That's the big stage and that's where we need to be playing well.
"I think we've got to play like we did on the weekend. It's an effort thing for us.
"If that three-quarter effort that we did (can last) for four quarters, that's going to go a long way.
"Obviously they've got some star players that we've got to try and nullify a little bit, but for us it's playing our way and really trying to get over there and give 100 per cent."
The Dockers expect to get back both Hayden Ballantyne from suspension and Stephen Hill from an ankle injury in a critical injection of speed against the running power of Dane Swan, Dayne Beams and Steele Sidebottom.
Forward Chris Mayne needed his left ankle strapped after a final-term collision with teammate Greg Broughton (concussion) against the Bombers but Ibbotson backed him to be fit to face Collingwood.
"I think he (Mayne) is confident that he'll be OK and Broughto the same," Ibbotson said.
"He seemed a bit knocked around, he seemed a bit all over the place, but he'll be all right. He's a tough guy."
Fremantle booted six goals in both the first and third quarters on Saturday in defiance of critics who have labelled their style under coach Ross Lyon as dour and overly defensive.
Ibbotson said the players were starting to come to grips with the new game plan.
"We can take positives out of that and understand now that we're starting to get Ross' game plan a little bit and it's starting to come together," Ibbotson said.
The 24-year-old said he had also learnt from being dropped for last month's western derby on the back of ordinary form.
"I spoke to Ross afterwards and he said a few simple things to me, just to maintain 100 per cent effort for the whole time," Ibbotson said.
"That was the main thing that he tried to drill into me after that.
"Missing the game and watching the derby from the sidelines, afterwards he spoke to me and said 'what was it like to watch?'
"I hated it. I hated every minute of it.
"That's the sort of thing. He said take that hunger into the game.""We do have confidence going over to play there. That's where we need to be playing well."" Fremantle defender *Garrick Ibbotson *
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