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Nick Bowen  April 27, 2013 10:45 PM

Post-match: Cats Watch Geelong coach Chris Scott's post-match press conference
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Harry Taylor is becoming omnipresent

(Harry Taulor) would be as good a forward as he is a defender, and that's saying something
GEELONG coach Chris Scott has only one complaint about Harry Taylor – he can't be in two places at once.

After watching Taylor kick a game-high five goals in the Cats' 21-point win against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night, Scott said the big man was becoming just as dependable in attack as he has long been in defence.

"You can make a strong argument to say he'd be as good a forward as he is a defender, and that's saying something," Scott said of Taylor.

"We'd like to play him forward a little bit more, but he's pretty good as a defender too when the ball's kicked up in the air.

"We'll continue to look at those sort of things, but five contested marks, 11 marks overall and five goals – (he) missed a couple of shots that he probably could have taken as well.

"Yeah, it was a pretty good performance."

Scott said he would "love" to play Taylor regularly in attack alongside fellow talls Tom Hawkins and James Podsiadly.

But he said those plans would depend on Jared Rivers being fit to partner Tom Lonergan in defence.

"And that's the other part of the answer: we'd love to play Taylor back as well with Rivers and Lonergan," Scott said.

Cats utility Jimmy Bartel said after Saturday's game he regarded Taylor as the best mark in the AFL and the best tall utility.

"To have big guys who can float forward and back it makes you a lot more flexible," Bartel said.

"I'm going to say [Taylor is the best swingman] because he's my teammate and someone else is going to say somebody else, but I'm going to say he is."

Although pleased the Cats' win against the Bulldogs took them to 5-0, Scott said it had been a "below average" performance.

"It was poor. I hope that doesn't sound disrespectful to the opposition because I don't think that at all," Scott said.

"They made us play poorly at times, but there are other parts of our game that we didn't implement all that well, and when that happens the first thing you do is credit the opposition.

"But there were some parts when we had the ball in our hands under no pressure and we didn't execute the way we'd like to.

"When I say we were below average – probably poor is a bit harsh isn't it – they're the sort of things I'm referring to."

Scott said his main concerns had been the Cats' poor decision-making, both with the options they took when they had the ball and in their defensive decisions.

"It was pretty clear to the whole competition that … [the Bulldogs] get lots of numbers inside the contests … and then when they get it they just want to play keepings off, which makes it a pretty boring game if you let them do that," Scott said.

"And, unfortunately, for too big a part of the game we allowed them to do that."

Nick Bowen is a reporter with AFL.com.au. Follow him on Twitter: @AFL_Nick