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Dogs want to reset mindset

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May 04, 2018

Jimmy Herridge will pull on Mansfield's jumper for his 200th game with the Eagles this weekend.

Mansfield and Tatura will be hoping for improved performances this weekend as the middle of the table teams go head-to-head.

The Bulldogs are coming off a disappointing loss to Rochester after they turned up with the wrong mindset, according to playing coach Jamason Daniels.

‘‘Unfortunately, we didn’t come with the right mindset (last week),’’ he said.

‘‘I guess it’s a bit of an indication as to how close the league is. Anyone can win on any given day and we can’t take anyone lightly.’’

While Mansfield had a 69-point win against Mooroopna, coach Cameron Hotton said his team was in indifferent form.

‘‘The scoreline flattered us against Mooroopna,’’ Hotton said.

‘‘Through the game we gave away some undisciplined free kicks and a more skillful side might have cut us up a bit more.’’

Brett Mahoney kicked five goals from the midfield and Jimmy Herridge kicked three, eventually helping the Eagles too a comfortable win.

Hotton said the leaders of the club were carrying the team and the team as a whole needed to lift if it was to enjoy a win against Tatura.

‘‘It’s an important clash, they’re going to be fighting for a top six spot as well,’’ he said.

‘‘These are important games, hopefully we can beat them and cement our spot in the six.’’

Daniels said if his charges came with the right intent and their pressure was up, ‘‘something we can control’’, he was confident they could get the job done.

They won’t be helped by the important loss of best-and-fairest winner Mitch Elliott who injured his shoulder at the weekend.

‘‘Mitch can’t take a trick, he went down at half-time last week and he’s been our best player,’’ Daniels said.

‘‘He’s going to be a massive loss, probably for about four to six weeks, but whoever comes in will play their role.’’

Jimmy Herridge will play his 200th game for Mansfield this weekend.

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