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Scott optimistic that Dangerfield’s ankle injury is ‘minor’

Scott admitted after the match the injury was serious enough to keep the 28-year-old sidelined for the rest of the match had it happened in the first half but said there was no need to panic.

“He has rolled the same ankle previously. It’s a slightly more severe sprain of that ankle but nothing dire,” Scott said.

Patrick Dangerfield on crutches after the win over the Bulldogs.

Patrick Dangerfield on crutches after the win over the Bulldogs.Credit:AAP

“Those that saw him hobbling around on crutches post-game … it is all part of the Danger show.

“If he is going to miss it is on the minor side.”

The Cats lost Rhys Stanley before the game after an adductor issue flared but Scott said he was hopeful it was only a minor injury.

He expected Esava Ratugolea to be available after he was rested having played the first eight rounds.

Although the Cats kicked the final six goals of the match to run out 44-point winners the margin flattered them with Scott observing that Geelong’s past two wins had basically come about because they had been more accurate in front of goal than their opposition.

“On a lot of measures they outplayed us,” Scott said.

“I think it is timely for us to take a step back and have a look at the parts of our game that aren’t working as well as we would like them to.”

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The Cats were resilient but Scott said Geelong had a long list of areas they needed to improve including their centre clearance work with the Bulldogs able to bang on quick goals during the third quarter to keep the game alive.

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge was disappointed that the margin blew out as it did and he bemoaned the loss of crucial defensive one-on-ones in the first half when the Cats looked dangerous whenever they went forward.

“For periods of the game I thought we looked all right. We were composed enough to use the ball well going inside 50 but it is just a shame the blow out in the end,” Beveridge said.

“We were in the game.”

Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.

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