K rock Football

Cats’ “really clear line”

Melbourne midfielder Clayton Oliver in action during the Round 23 match at GMHBA Stadium. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG coach Chris Scott is confident his team can strike the right balance when trying to curb the influence of Melbourne’s talented midfield.

Led by Clayton Oliver, who tallied 37 disposals in the Demons’ come-from-behind win in Round 23, and ably supported by Jack Viney, James Harmes and Christian Petracca, Scott knows putting too much attention into the opposition can upset your structure.

“It’s a question for both sides; how much are you prepared to give to stop the best opposition midfielders?” he said.

“And there’s a really clear line there for us, where trying to stop them becomes an overall negative for the way that our team wants to play.

“I suspect there will be a little bit of both teams trying to get the game on their terms and be proactive with their midfielders, with a couple of contingencies if that’s not working.

“I think it’s folly going in thinking that Petracca and Viney and Oliver and those guys need to have really low-possession games for us to win.

“I don’t agree with that notion.”

Click below to listen to the full media conference with Chris Scott.

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