Date: May 23 2012
REIGNING premiership coach Chris Scott is urging supporters to take him at his word that Geelong will improve.
The Cats are 10th with four wins for the season, but Scott believes Geelong can win back-to-back flags and said the Cats had planned to hit peak form nearing finals.
''We are designing our year to play our best footy when it counts,'' Scott said.
''Now, you've got to make sure you get there so you are competing when it counts, but all the things that we have put in place suggest that we will improve.
''We always felt our season would build off the back of a solid pre-season.''
The Cats lost to Collingwood by two goals last Friday after Adelaide demolished them by 50 points a week earlier.
Scott conceded his side wasn't playing the type of football it wanted to play, and was tight-lipped when pressed for detail on how it wold improve.
''I understand that you are looking for some tangible things there. I could go into great detail about that but unfortunately that's not stuff that we can talk about in the public arena,'' he said. ''You are just going to have to take my word for it.''
Scott said he did not believe there was a ''stark difference'' between the way the Cats were playing compared with last year.
He said there were positives from the Collingwood loss, where the Cats dominated the last quarter.
Although Scott was happy to talk about the Cats' September prospects, he said that internally it was not the club's focus.
''The long-term focus is something for the external observers. We don't sit down every week and say 'righto where are we going to be in three months time?' We focus on each week as it comes. Our expectation is that we will play well enough every weekend to win every game we play.
''At the end of the year we will tally up the wins and losses and then focus on doing the very best we can given our ladder position. Hopefully it's top four, if not that's not ideal but … we have still got to win four games to win the flag.''
And he admitted luck can help meet that goal. Last year was testament to that.
''I prefer to use the word fortunate but I thought we were fortunate [last year] in round one against St Kilda and round two against Fremantle and I think it was round nine against Carlton,'' he said. ''I thought luck was one of the biggest parts of us being able to get over the line. But … we are really keen to focus on 2012. It's a new year, we have new players, we have got new challenges.''
Scott said Matthew Scarlett was likely to return from injury for Friday night's match against the Bulldogs.
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