“We just want to play good football and play a style we want to play. Today we did that. Don’t get me wrong we still have lots of areas to improve on, but I thought the courage our players had to take the game on and move the ball … [was] quite courageous.
“The ladder is probably not something we are really focusing on. I thought it was our best four-quarter game to date.
“We believe in ourselves. The challenge is being able to turn up every week for four quarters and execute. And the opposition are going to come and try their best to stop you.
“A lot of it is in our hands … we believe we can be a really competitive and strong team.”
Teague said his forwards played really well, but that they were allowed to because of the whole team’s mentality.
“Our tackling and our pressure is a great indicator where we are mentally and how switched on we are. It started through our midfield and forward,” he said.
“Our ability to win the contest early, get it in deep and then our forward pressure. Harry McKay set the scene and got us going [with his early tackling].
“We play a team offence and I know its easy to look for individuals but I think Harry and Eddie got the reward of some really good play up the field of Jack Martin, Michael Gibbons and our mids.
“They gave our forwards really good looks and it is the job of the forwards to finish and I thought they did that tonight.”
Meanwhile Luke Beveridge was left to lament a poor effort from his side.
“They had an edge we didn’t have,” he said. It’s been us the last few weeks that’s come out with that steely resolve and they had it.
“It was a bit greasy and slippery and I thought they played that game better than us. They took the ball forward and took some marks from surge situations where we didn’t. They got us out the back too often.
“The inside-50 differential was in our favour but their effectiveness was off the charts.
“It fell apart a bit at the end there, unfortunately.
“As a coach you can’t get too emotional about it. We’ve got to learn our lesson. The competition is still extremely even.”
Anthony is a sports reporter at The Age.