WERE NOT LOOKING AT TOP FOUR YET
AS GEELONG approaches its first final series since 2000, coach Mark Thompson says a top four spot will not be the main focus ahead of its Round 20 clash against Fremantle at Skilled Stadium on Saturday.
I dont think much has changed, were equal on points with Brisbane now, the other sides have still got a game on us, but theyve all got percentage on us, so if we dont keep on winning, we dont get a look (at) that position, Thompson said at Geelong training today. (We) wont be disappointed (if we dont get in the top 4), Id be very happy to play finals, I think we have secured fifth spot.
Following last weekends 31-point victory over Richmond, Thompson regrets the comments he made in the post-match press conference, about what he thought was not a satisfactory performance by the Cats. I think I was out of line really to be honest, we won by five goals, the coach should be happy with that, it was just the whole day I was grumpy. Even in the box, when the senior coach is grumpy, that sort of influenced all of the other coaches and they were all grumpy with their boys too, so its got to get better than that. Thompson said.
Geelong will also be out to maintain its unblemished record at Skilled Stadium this season. That in mind, Thompson knows with Carltons departure from its suburban surroundings at Optus Oval, will give Geelong an outright advantage playing at Skilled Stadium in the future.
It will be difficult to play from an opposition perspective, there is no doubt its difficult, its not in Melbourne, its got its own unique country feel, and its a different shape ground and were a better team. We need to play here in Geelong, because where we are located, Thompson said.
Meanwhile, Fremantle will be desperate to snap its seven-game losing streak at Skilled Stadium, after coming off a devastating loss to Collingwood at Subiaco last Friday night. Despite losing seven of those encounters by an average margin of 33 points against the Cats, the Dockers have actually won their last four road trips.
Geelong is set to recall veteran defender Brenton Sanderson after recovering from a knee injury, while a question mark remains over Wojcinskis availability, who injured his groin against Richmond. Sanderson will play he is ready to go, Wojcinski is sort of a line-ball, he is a chance to still play, and Tim Callan is back from injury, Thompson said
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