North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has ruled out speaking to the umpires before tonight's game against Fremantle in a bid to get more protection for Brent Harvey as he prepares for another showdown with Ryan Crowley.

Crowley held Harvey to only 11 disposals last year, but the match was filled with controversy.

Crowley bumped Harvey to the ground before the opening bounce and the North Melbourne star complained to the umpires he had been pinched throughout the match.

Harvey later told the AFL Tribunal that he'd been pinched "about 300 times", resulting in Crowley being fined.

Scott said North Melbourne expected Crowley to tag Harvey again, but the club was confident the umpires wouldn't allow illegal tactics to occur.

"We didn't approach the umpires about (Brent) Macaffer last week," Scott said.

"We're not going to approach the umpires about Crowley. They've got a job to do. They're professionals.

"There'll be a team approach. There'll be a specific role for Boomer if and when that happens.

"Forewarned is forearmed. We expect it to happen. We've just got to make sure we hold up our end of the bargain. Umpires are out there to do their job.

"We can't worry about that."

Scott said he would prefer on-field controversies to remain on the field but said taggers couldn't expect their opponent to be "matey, matey after the game".

But he said the club had enormous respect for Crowley.

The Dockers have one fewer tagging choice to make after Daniel Wells remained in Melbourne because of a foot injury. He was joined by Scott Thompson (suspended) and Daniel Currie (omitted), while vice-captain Jack Ziebell, key forward Majak Daw and Joel Tippett came into the team.

WA's Liam Anthony also travelled with the squad.

Scott said Wells had attempted to play through pain last week after teammate Drew Petrie stepped on his foot at training.

But he said it was clear the silky midfielder needed time to recover.

"Someone of Daniel Wells' ability and his top end speed and agility, he needs to be right. He's not right," Scott said.

The West Australian

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