No clear answers for Scott

22 June 2020 19:56:04 GMTPlus10

Coach Chris Scott says he's aware Geelong have a problem, as they continue on a slide that was evident in last year's finals series.

The Cats lost by two points to Carlton at the weekend, having fallen 42 points down in the third term.

Geelong, who bowed out last year in the preliminary final to eventual premiers Richmond, are proving inconsistent this season - they beat Hawthorn by 61 points last week.

Scott says the team need to address their inconsistency and lapses in games after their slow start proved costly against the Blues.

They gave themselves a chance in the final term, booting five goals, but Scott said even if they'd managed to complete the comeback, it would not have masked their troubles.

The coach gave what he declared his longest ever post-game meeting with the players after the loss to work out their issues,  and later said: "There was a lot of people talking in the room and there's no clear answers I don't think, except that we do have a problem.

"That's clear; it's been clear for a long time. It's not saying that the first quarter we didn't care, but [the attack] wasn't at that ultra-high level you need to be at to beat good teams in the AFL competition."

In analysing how his Hawthorn team had lost by such a big margin to the Cats in Round 2, coach Alastair Clarkson described Geelong as "not that good".

It was the Hawks' own ineptitude in the game that had been the telling factor, Clarkson felt, and Scott said he had no issue with the comment from the four-time premiership coach.

"He's a smart guy; it was an inventive way of talking about how bad he thought his team was last week and how much they turned it around. It's kind of the competition we're in, I didn't take offence to it at all," added the Cats coach.

Geelong are 8/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Cats are 13/25 are to win their next match against Melbourne, who are 81/50.

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