CHRIS Scott admits sitting a game clear on top of the AFL ladder is not a true reflection of how well his team is performing.
Yes, the Cats have won 11 of their 13 matches, with the two losses coming by a combined total of 15 points.
However, the ninth-year coach is well aware Geelong still has plenty of work to do if it wants to be heavily involved at the business end of the season.
“We’re far from the perfect team,” Scott said. “We don’t even buy into the fact because we are on top of the ladder that makes us the best team.
“Anybody who watched us on the weekend wouldn’t be scared of Geelong.
“But, we do have a team that’s improved a lot this year, and we think there’s a lot of improvement left in them.
“There’s still some inexperience that traditionally means you might be inconsistent in games.
“So don’t choose to believe that we’re accepting of those patches, we’re not.
“We’re working really hard to make sure that if we do sense those things happening in a game, we can arrest it really quickly, as we did in the game against Richmond.”
Clearances and contested ball have been the focus for Geelong ahead of its meeting with Adelaide on Friday night in the wake of the loss to Port Adelaide.
“I guess the positive – and there weren’t that many from the game – is that we found a way to hang in there, and had some sort of chance to win the game,” Scott said. “Certainly at three-quarter time, nine points down.
“And I think it is a measure of a team that’s getting better that when you do have a really bad night – and you could even go a step further and isolate it to some of the individuals who had really bad nights; uncharacteristically bad nights – but we were still sort of thereabouts and didn’t turn up our toes.
“I don’t know what it means for this week, really, except that if we had of won by 11 points, our aim would be to improve and try to play better this week.
“And it should be the same even though we went down by 11 points.”