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Cats coach pleased to be under pressure

By Roger Vaughan 29/04/2008 05:17:26 PM Comments (0)

Geelong coach Mark Thompson is relishing the pressure of the last fortnight as rival AFL teams try to topple the Cats.

In round five, Sydney locked down Geelong for two quarters before the reigning premiers kicked clear in the final term, while last Friday they had to rally from 39 points down to beat Fremantle by one point.

Geelong are unbeaten heading into Saturday's home game against improving Brisbane and Thompson is pleased with what his team is going through.

"They're good games to play in and you have to experience it," he said.

"Even the (coach's) box last weekend, the last two weekends, it's working and we've been forced to work together, work through issues and we're doing it pretty well.

"The players are copping the same on the ground, they are being tested and it's a great thing."

While acknowledging the Cats were not consistently starting games well so far this year, Thompson pointed out the season had a long way to go and his side is 6-0.

"We're certainly not playing as well in the first quarter as last year ... but it is only round six, it's very early and we've already got six wins on the board," he said.

"We really can't be pressing our players too much about too many things at the moment because they're winning games still."

Geelong are likely to rest ruckman Trent West for a second week, while Brad Ottens will resume from his foot injury in round eight against former club Richmond, after the upcoming bye weekend for the Hall Of Fame tribute match.

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