Melbourne defender Sam Frost suspects there will be more pressure on West Coast's key forwards to perform in Saturday's preliminary final than any being heaped upon the two Demon defenders hoping to contain them.
The Eagles have won 11 from 11 with both twin towers, Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling, in the team this season and the duo's last quarter in the qualifying final was crucial to helping West Coast beat Collingwood.
However Frost, brimming with confidence after a recent spate of strong performances against good opponents, says he will enter the battle with a free mind.
"Everyone talks up the forwards so much so that if they go well it is almost expected. Then if you go well it is unexpected and you probably get more credit than you would have got otherwise," Frost told Fairfax Media.
"It is almost a win-win."
Uncertain whether his main match up will be Darling or Kennedy, the 25-year-old expects he and his 22-year-old defensive ally Oscar McDonald will find themselves on one or the other for most of the game.
But Frost said the only real gauge on anyone's game will be the result.
"At this point you want to win games and individual credit doesn't mean anything to anyone internally," Frost said.
Frost's recent good form has helped the Demons get this far however as he has not looked back since he won two key battles against Geelong's Tom Hawkins late in the devastating loss to the Cats in round 18.
The following week he defeated Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker and all of sudden Frost began to find his feet after spending all but two games before round 16 in the VFL.
In the elimination final he contained Hawkins again before keeping Hawthorn skipper Jarryd Roughead relatively quiet in the semi-final.
"I feel pretty confident just trying to play with a clear head and go out and compete," Frost said.
"It is nothing different but it has been a good seven or eight weeks for me."
The Eagles know how important their forward duo is with the team winning just 50 percent of their 12 games in 2018 when only one or neither of Darling and Kennedy have played.
With the pair both playing they score 15 more points and take four more marks inside 50 on average with their aerial power critical to stopping the Demons' propensity to win defensive ground balls before moving the ball quickly from end to end.
Although Frost is not ignoring the reality he is comfortable he can help his team get the job done.
"They are both great players, both proven players and tough opponents," Frost said.
"I rate them highly but it is a challenge we both look forward to."
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