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Centrals chase consistency

Werribee Centrals coach Nick Smith. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

WERRIBEE Centrals coach Nick Smith says limiting the inconsistency that can sometimes plague a young and developing playing list will be important in bringing a winless start to the season to an end against Bell Post Hill at Galvin Park on Saturday.

The Centurions were beaten late by North Geelong by seven points before running into reigning premier Thomson in Round 2 and suffering a 46-point defeat.

However, Smith has seen signs, especially against the Tigers, that Centrals are on the right track.

“What we’re trying to work towards is making sure we’re all on the same page of what we do under pressure and how we want to play our footy,” he said.

“My frustration from week one was we just did not play how I want them to play.

“Week two was different because they did how we want them to play; they just didn’t play it very well.

“From a coaching perspective, that’s a bit less frustrating because it’s probably about execution, key moments, and then also remember you’re up against the best team in the comp who hurt every turnover and mistake.”

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The clash with the Panthers looms as a crucial one for both teams as they look to avoid an 0-3 start to 2019.

“0-2’s not great, but, to be honest, we’re looking at this week as the chance to turn it around,” Smith said.

“Often, you just need that first win to get your confidence back up, and Bell Post is not a team we’ve beaten much over the last ten years.

“There wouldn’t be many players in the club who have in a win (against Bell Post Hill).

“It’s very important for us, and at home, they’re always a bit more significant because you’re still trying to sell a brand of footy and confidence in where you’re heading to your supporters.

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