Coach Scott to examine Cats' AFL curse

Leaders Geelong crashed to defeat to Port Adelaide - their second defeat of the season. (AAP)

Geelong coach Chris Scott says he'll delve deeper into why Geelong have lost post-bye in eight consecutive AFL seasons.

Coach Chris Scott promises a forensic examination of Geelong's post-bye curse, now into an eighth AFL season.

The Cats lost after a bye for the eighth consecutive year when pipped by Port Adelaide by 12 points on Saturday night.

Scott wants answers - not just to the post-bye flops, but also why his ladder-leaders were a shell of themselves against the Power.

"The performance wasn't reflective of the way we have played during the season so that is what we need to ... have a really good look at," Scott said post-match.

"Why didn't it look like us?

"The 12 point margin flattered us in the extreme.

"We were just beaten by a better team tonight, I'm not prepared to concede that they're a better team in general.

"But we didn't play well and they completely outplayed us for the majority of the game."

Scott said the impact of the post-bye losing syndrome was hard to gauge.

"What we have got is a problem in the moment, post-bye," he said.

"Hopefully we're good enough to get the chance to have a bye going into a finals series.

"There are things we have looked at, it's not as if we're ignoring it - it's a fact.

"How relevant it is to the rest of our season is another question (but) it won't stop us being forensic in our analysis of it."

The Cats host fifth-placed Adelaide next Friday night.

"I expect our guys to respond," Scott said.

"We're a different team but if you look at the individuals who have been around a while, they have a pretty strong history of when they put in a performance that they're not proud of, that they bounce back and play well (the next game)."

Source AAP

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