Drew Petrie
Drew Petrie

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has paid tribute to his players for turning their season around and vaulting into finals contention.

The Kangaroos' season was in danger of going down the drain after they were belted by Hawthorn by 115 points - their fourth loss in five games.

Even a scratchy win over Gold Coast did little to appease the doubters, but since then they have beaten finals contenders Adelaide and St Kilda, while they fell just two points short against West Coast last week.

On Friday night they dominated all aspects of the game to destroy Carlton by 53 points and vault into the top eight.

"People think it's an overnight turnaround. The players would say that we're not doing anything too different," Scott said.

"We didn't feel internally we were going as poorly as everyone thought we were. We just kept working really hard on the things we had to improve on and that hasn't changed in three years.

"I think the players deserve all the credit, the assistant coaches have done a great job keeping morale up because that is the one thing that can really affect your performance when you're not getting the result and I think the players themselves have turned this around.

"This is a player-led recovery and the leaders should take great credit and we're really proud of our leaders."

One of the reasons for North's impressive performances the past month have been due to their continuity with the Roos having the shortest injury list in the competition.

But Scott was quick to praise his sports science team, saying luck has nothing to do with their lack of injuries.

"Our injury rate is not through luck. That's the important thing," he said.

"People say 'gee you've been lucky with injury'.

"You can be lucky if you don't have broken bones and knee reconstructions and those things, but our sports science team do an unbelievable job in preventing these things.

"It's not luck, it's through their hard work and diligence."

Drew Petrie, who starred with seven goals before being substituted at three-quarter time, suffered from 'tightness in the adductor' and is confident it's only a minor issue.


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