Fremantle midfielder David Mundy says his team can’t afford to be cocky if they are to bust their hoodoo against St Kilda this weekend.
The Dockers have lost 10 of their past 12 matches against St Kilda, including the past two.
Fremantle were flying high in second spot when they faced the struggling Saints in round 18 last year, but a shock 58-point loss put a major dent in their AFL premiership hopes.
The Dockers ended up finishing the home-and-away season in fourth spot, before making a straight-sets finals exit.
Mundy said the group were determined to make up for last year’s flop against the Saints.
“Last time we played them was a really bad game on our behalf,” Mundy said.
“We probably underestimated them a little bit – went over a bit cocky.
“The last game really burns the group and it’s something we are striving not to have happen again.”
Defender Zac Dawson (suspension) will miss Sunday’s match against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium, but star midfielder Nat Fyfe is a chance to return from a groin injury.
St Kilda are expected to recall skipper Nick Riewoldt (calf), Sam Gilbert (quad), and Jack Lonie (rested).
The Dockers sit six points clear on top of the table with just five rounds remaining.
Mundy was laid low by a migraine before last week’s 21-point win over GWS.
The 30-year-old managed to recover in time to play the game, and said the issue was something he’s had to deal with throughout his 227-game career.
“It’s something I’ve been getting ever since I was a teenager,” Mundy said.
“They’re obviously not pleasant, but the club’s really understanding and we’ve got a fairly spot-on management plan for them when they pop up.”