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Scott relieved as Roos post first AFL win

AAP News | 14th Apr 19

No longer occupying the AFL's hot seat, coach Brad Scott believes North Melbourne have the tools to build upon a drought-breaking win over Adelaide.

Scott cast a relieved figure after Saturday night's 9.17 (71) to 8.11 (59) victory at Marvel Stadium, where the previously winless Roos overcame a wayward performance in front of goal to finally capitalise on their midfield dominance.

Adelaide were beaten at the contests all night but North's poor conversion kept the game alive until the hosts piled on six straight majors either side of three-quarter time.

Another defeat would surely have intensified the pressure that was steadily building on 10th-year coach Scott after losses to Hawthorn, Brisbane and Fremantle.

Scott revamped his 22 for the game against the Crows, having accepted fault for failing to ensure cohesion amid the addition of seven new recruits.

Jed Anderson, Paul Ahern, Mason Wood and Cameron Zurhaar all justified their selection as the Roos finished strongly to break their drought.

"It's a relief because the pressure builds on everyone," Scott said.

"That's just natural because it's an intense competition and you don't want the competition to get too far away from you either. The challenge for us, while it's probably easy to say, is just to keep building the style of footy that we want to play.

"We had a more complete performance and better consistency of effort over four quarters tonight."

The Roos face a six-day break before hosting Essendon in the Good Friday clash and Scott had no doubt his side would go into the match with renewed spirit.

"We'll get a little bit of confidence and belief in the way that we're trying to play," he said.

"Winning helps with that. It's hard to reinforce positives and work on areas for improvement when you're not getting the result.

"We've just got to keep reinforcing the way that we want to play, really give credit to the boys when they do it and really strongly hold them accountable when we don't."

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