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Scott says Cats not one-paced

Adrian Warren 17/04/2011 05:36:35 PM Comments (0)

Geelong AFL coach Chris Scott believes his unbeaten Cats are disproving the theory they are one-paced.

Scott's honeymoon period continued on Saturday as the Cats moved to 4-0 with a 27-point win over Sydney at a rain-soaked SCG.

A 3.4 to 0.2 second quarter advantage paved the way for Geelong's ninth straight win over Sydney, who lost for the first time this season.

Scott felt the Cats were challenging at least one of the negative perceptions of his team.

"A few people from outside the club have commented that one of the potential weaknesses of our list at the moment is that we could be a little one-paced," Scott said.

"I think we're starting to show that we've got a few players who have got a bit of toe and can trouble the best of them outside.

While happy with their 4-0 start, Scott made it clear his team was still very much a work in progress and some way from being the finished article.

"There's so long to go, we'll absolutely take it, but we can't stop for a second, we've got to keep pushing on, we've got to keep improving, Scott said.

"We think we're improving, but we know there's a long way to go.

"There are little lapses within games that we need to straighten up, but on the whole we think we're moving in the right direction.

"We've got a balance that we need to manage with our list. We've played some young players, but we haven't gifted any players games and that's the part that we're happiest about."

Scott was delighted with the SCG performance of rookie Allen Christensen, who made just his third senior appearance after being called up to replace the injured Mathew Stokes.

"We thought he was just terrific and he plays the way we try to get every Geelong player to play, head down over the footy," Scott said.

"The conditions suited him, but he really had to get the job done and we're really proud of him."

Scott also acknowledged the classy performance of Paul Chapman, who kicked two goals and tallied a team-high 27 possessions.

"We know that Paul Chapman can play as a genuine midfielder and we will play him that way at times," Scott said.

"Tonight he played more forward half because as much as anyone he looked like he was the one that was handling the conditions."

A groin knock to James Kelly was Geelong's only injury, though Scott didn't expect the problem to keep him out of Tuesday weeks' clash with Hawthorn.

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