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No looking back for Cats

Geelong players leave GMHBA Stadium following the Round 23 loss to Melbourne. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG veteran Isaac Smith doesn’t expect the final round loss to Melbourne to be referenced significantly by the club’s coaching staff heading into Friday night’s preliminary final at Optus Stadium.

The Cats coughed up the minor premiership after leading by as much as 44 points twice in the third quarter, with the Demons storming home to claim victory with a goal to captain Max Gawn after the siren.

“I’m not sure we’ll touch on it too much,” Smith, who is preparing for his sixth preliminary final, said.

“I think both teams had their moment in that game, and it was Round 23, and we were both going to finish with the second chance.

“In the end, I don’t think the result mattered too much – as much as we would have loved to have won the game.

“We’ve probably got a bit of an idea on what they want to do by playing them, but they’ve also got the advantage of playing us and knowing what we want to do as well.”

After a disappointing qualifying final loss to Port Adelaide, Geelong restored some confidence in outlasting the GWS Giants by 35 points in last Friday night’s semi-final.

Smith admits there is still room for improvement.

“I think we played really well, especially around the contest in our defensive half,” he said.

“We probably could capitalise on a few more opportunities.

“We certainly had the inside 50s and shots on goal. But, if we could just finish them off, it’s probably a 10-12-goal win.”

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