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Footscray will take on the ninth-placed Port Melbourne in what is a must-win match to keep the Borough’s final chances alive.
Bulldogs coach Ashley Hansen said that he expected a tough match with Port Melbourne fighting for a finals spot.
“We are expecting nothing less than the Port Melbourne Football Club we have known for the past decade.
“A really proud club with experienced players will always respond to the opportunity to stay in touch with the finals so we will be prepared for that.”
The Bulldogs welcome back senior vice-captain Jordan Roughead who has missed the last three weeks with a foot complaint.
Fletcher Roberts also returns from injury after a four-week layoff and both are expected to take on key defensive roles.
“For both Jordan and Fletcher our main aim for the weekend is to return to playing football and gain significant match fitness and game sense after being out with their respective injuries,” Hansen said.
“Both are valued members of the squad so tomorrow is an important step in their rehab and return for AFL selection in the coming weeks.”
Footscray posted a big result last weekend against the top ranked Williamstown, and Hansen said it’s important for his side to maintain that form and carry momentum.
“The focus each week for our players is to continue to build their games around the role they are assigned and collectively performing as one unit.
“The strength of our team is determined by our actions for one another so that mentality is really important that we sustain after last week.”