Drew Petrie
Drew Petrie

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott was elated with his side's narrow win over Richmond on Sunday and admitted he 'lost the plot' when the siren went.

Trailing by seven points heading into the final quarter, Roos power forward Drew Petrie single-handedly got his side over the line with five goals in the last term.

But despite leading by 17 points with less than five minutes remaining, the Tigers ensured a nervous finale with two quick goals.

A flying snap by Shaun Grigg in the final minute just missed as North held on for a four-point victory in a thrilling finish.

"I think coaches generally feel relieved if they win and go back to the drawing board if they lose, but there was some genuine elation in that today," Scott said.

"We lost some close games so if you get a shot of the box, we lost the plot when the siren went, it's pretty embarrassing I'm sure."

Scott was pleased to be on the right end of a close result after already losing three matches this year by just two points and praised his captain Andrew Swallow and the other leaders for getting his side over the line.

"I think it's important, while I haven't bought into the fact that we haven't finished games well that there's an underlying issue there, I've just felt that there's some contests we've lost and some mistakes we've made that have cost us," he said.

"You make mistakes throughout the whole game, but we were starting to stack them up at the end of games. The ability to withstand the pressure and we're really proud of our leadership.

"We're rapt (Andrew) is our captain, he played like a great captain today and he had the rest of his team following his lead.

"We're not deluded, we know that it's important in the schemes of the ladder. As a coach you try and work for the most part and I think 99 percent of the time I'm able to stay in the moment and do the things that we need to do to make sure we're a good side.

"When the siren went I thought we had done enough to win the game and I was just rapt that the boys got their reward for effort."

With the Tigers charging in the final minutes of the match, Swallow said he told his players to 'just keep going and do anything to win the contest' and he couldn't have been more proud by the desperation they showed at the end.

"You saw Lindsay's (Thomas) smother on the half-forward flank was unbelievable," he said.

"Leigh Adams running and diving, Lachie Hansen putting his body over the ball... We could probably go back and watch that and we had 15-16 guys who had a massive influence on the game not just by getting possessions but willing themselves on the contest."


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