Mzungu plays down Freo finals talk
Tendai Mzungu. Pic: Getty Images

Fremantle midfielder Tendai Mzungu says it is way too early for anyone to suggest the club can play finals because the team hasn't performed well enough for long enough this year.

The Dockers returned their win-loss ratio back to even ground after defeating the Western Bulldogs on Sunday and they are now only percentage behind eighth-placed St Kilda. Fremantle's next three opponents - Melbourne, GWS and Port Adelaide - are below them on the ladder, so the club has an ideal chance to climb into the eight.

But Mzungu said the players knew they could only be judged by how they were performing now and not by what may happen in the future.

"It's certainly something we're aiming for," Mzungu said of the club's finals chances.

"But we've probably only won a couple of games in the last six or seven. To look too far ahead is something we're not going to do."

The Dockers have won successive matches just twice this season so it is vital that they beat Melbourne at Etihad Stadium this week to build some momentum.

Mzungu said the players had no fears about playing interstate because they had performed well away from home this year.

Fremantle have won four games in Perth and three interstate, including their only match at Etihad Stadium.

"Our record is almost better on the road this year than it is at home," Mzungu said.

"You've certainly got to win in Melbourne and that's where the big games are played.

"We'll head over this week full of confidence and ready to go.

"Falling short against Collingwood was disappointing but I reckon our record on the road has been pretty good this year.

"The more games you can win in a row, the better chance you are of making the finals.

"We hope we string a few games together at the moment and get a bit of momentum."

Fremantle's quest to make the finals will be boosted by the imminent return of Nat Fyfe. The star on-baller ran strongly yesterday as he increases his training in a bid to return from shoulder surgery.

"Fyfey's certainly building now and he's not far away," Mzungu said.

"To have him back would be tremendous for us.

"He's working super hard and the boys are right behind him, willing him back as soon as possible."

Mzungu was full of praise for defender Antoni Grover after he put his body on the line for the team against the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

The veteran's collision with Easton Wood set up a goal for Chris Mayne but also forced Grover to be subbed off.

Grover was playing his first AFL game of the season and Mzungu said teammates hoped he would be rewarded with selection again.

"I know he'll be doing everything he can to get up," he said. "It shows how hungry he is still to compete. We were rapt with his effort."

The West Australian

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