Geelong’s Chris Scott admits a ‘problem’

Geelong coach Chris Scott has conceded the Cats are “bad” when it comes to free kicks, and what’s worse, he doesn’t know the cause of his side’s malaise.
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The Cats have conceded 17 more free kicks than they have won so far in 2016, leaving them last in the AFL for free kick differential.

Scott confirmed on Monday night that Geelong had sought clarity from the league’s umpiring department about the reasons for the issue, but remains none the wiser. “We’ve got a problem,” Scott told Fox Footy.

“We give away way too many free kicks, we don’t get enough. We [only] got 10 free kicks on the weekend. Now that’s not an umpiring problem. That’s a Geelong football club problem.”

Scott said he would continue to work on addressing the issue.

“In all seriousness, you can stick your head in the sand and say this is not fair, this is out of our control, or you can take responsibility.

“It’s over time with us. It’s not one game or two games, it’s over a period of years. We have a player [Joel Selwood] who’s got the most free kicks in the competition over the last couple of years. So we are bad. And we haven’t gotten to the bottom of it. There’s no pattern, there’s no particular free kick.

“There’s no clear pattern. [But] the stats don’t lie.

“If you are that poor in the free kick differential, you’ve got two choices. You can blame the umpire and say ‘woe is me,’ or you can take responsibility and try to get to the bottom of it.”

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