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Tom Fee  April 20, 2017 2:36 PM

Ross Lyon speaks to the media ahead of Freo's clash against the Kangaroos.

Senior coach Ross Lyon said he knows better than to pay heed to North Melbourne’s win-loss record when planning for this weekend’s Len Hall Tribute Game on Saturday at Domain Stadium.

The Kangaroos are still chasing their first win coming into round five, but have suffered two close losses against tough opponents along the way.

Geelong came from behind for a one-point victory in round two, and in round four the Roos fell by just three points to reigning premiers, the Western Bulldogs.

“The ledger says 0-4 but we know they’ve played some very good footy,” Lyon said.

“We’ve got plenty to improve upon. We understand we’re playing a formidable opponent that has their backs to the wall.”

“You don’t have to do much wrong in AFL football. (Lindsay) Thomas had a kick to win the game (against the Bulldogs).

“They played some pretty good footy against the Cats as well, so we’re not playing any mugs here, we’re playing a formidable opposition.”

Lyon said he is hopeful that both Michael Walters and Stephen Hill will be available for the Roos clash.

Walters was touch and go to face North Melbourne, while Stephen Hill picked up a minor leg injury against Melbourne.

“Sonny (Walters) got up last week so he’ll get up this week,” Lyon said.

“He’s in a lot better shape. I think he had 20 (disposals) and kicked one (goal) in a really courageous effort so we expect him to be better again.”

“And Stephen’s a bit like Michael was last week. He had a cork and he’ll get to the line ok.”

Lyon added that Fremantle aims to continue a tradition of strong performances on Anzac weekend.

“The Len Hall Anzac game is really important to us,” Lyon said.

“We want to honour that occasion with an effort that is befitting.

“There’s no doubt that our members and fans will be enthusiastic and get there and support us - and they’ll feel good walking in.

“We don’t want to let them down.”