Geelong have to finetune their killer instinct and stop flirting with their form when they build sizeable leads, according to coach Chris Scott.
It took the Cats until the final quarter on Sunday to finally put away a badly undermanned Port Adelaide at Simonds Stadium.
Scott was particularly irked by the third quarter when Geelong led by 32 points eight minutes in and appeared set to kill off the contest.
But the Cats fell 'back into bad habits', allowing the plucky Power to kick three of the last four goals of the term and keep the match alive heading into the final change.
And Scott admitted he had stern words with his men at three-quarter time before they ultimately ran out 38-point winners and consolidated seventh spot on the ladder.
"I'll be honest, I was a little bit disappointed with our third quarter," Scott said post-match.
"I was pretty firm with the players, there are a few things that we tried to put in place that weren't done well enough.
"We were still in relative control on the scoreboard, we've got to be better than falling back into bad habits when the scoreboard's going our way."
Scott said Geelong were 'pretty good' against Port Adelaide 'but not much more than that' and the reigning premiership coach admitted to being disappointed at how long it took his side to finish off the depleted Power.
The visitors were missing injured top-liners Domenic Cassisi (hip), Hamish Hartlett (hamstring), Jackson Trengove (finger), Jay Schulz (abdomen), Jacob Surjan (hip), Steven Salopek (knee) and Travis Boak (foot), forcing them to field a very inexperienced team.
But Scott pointed out Geelong fielded quite a green side themselves on Sunday and was resigned to the fact that inconsistent performances were a hallmark of young teams.
"They (Power) had 11 players (with) under 50 games' experience, that's a very inexperienced team," Scott said.
"(They) didn't have their leadership group on the field so that's certainly hurt them a bit but we had nine players under 50 games as well.
"With inexperience can come a little bit of inconsistency but we think we've got a few guys building their careers who are starting to become quite dependable players.
"(We had) 63 inside 50s to 37, we dominated the game, (I) would have liked to have won by a little bit more but I don't want to get too picky at this time of year."
Meanwhile, Scott expects experienced trio Paul Chapman (groin), Josh Hunt (toe) and David Wojcinski to return to the senior side for their clash with Gold Coast next Sunday at Metricon Stadium.The team will travel up to the Gold Coast on Sunday evening for an extended preparation.