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Roos out to make amends for big loss

By Robert Grant 09/04/2010 04:20:36 PM Comments (0)

Three players left concussed at training has proved how determined North Melbourne are to make amends for their "embarrassing" whipping by St Kilda last week.

That's the opinion of coach Brad Scott, who said he took full accountability for the 104-point drubbing.

"We had two or three players mildly concussed on Wednesday's training session so that shows they were pretty keen to get out and rectify the game at the weekend," Scott said on Friday ahead of Saturday's clash against fellow win-less outfit West Coast at Etihad Stadium.

"Andrew Swallow is an in and under player and puts himself in positions that leave him vulnerable at times ... but all players go in hard for the ball and there was a clash of heads.

"It was a willing training session and the players responded well."

Scott remained steadfast that his game plan would eventually pay off even if the club was due for some short-term pain.

"It's been a trying week and as a whole football club we're embarrassed, we're very disappointed about the performance (but) we've gone down a path where we're playing a game style that I believe will be extremely successful going forward," he said.

"Now I take full responsibility for that game style and the players I select to play in those positions.

"If the players aren't capable of performing those roles I take that responsibility.

"Really my job is to coach them, to educate them and to train them in that.

"Eventually if they're not capable of doing that we'll move on but right now I take responsibility."

Scott took some hope from the fact that the Kangaroos upset premiers Geelong in the pre-season competition.

"People can say it's only the NAB Cup but this group has shown that under pressure against a very good side in Geelong they are capable of performing," he said.

"With young players sometimes their performances fluctuate so we know that we are on the right track, we're very clear in the direction we're heading and we're very confident in that direction.

"Our club and our players are very understanding of their roles. Everyone's aware of what's expected of them."

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