Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Geelong are “not that good” and that his side was “terribly poor” in last week's 61-point thumping.
Hawks bounced back with an upset 32-point win over Richmond on Thursday night after Clarkson described his midfield as “fourth-rate” following the Round 2 loss to the Cats.
The four-time premiership coach was delighted with Hawthorn’s response against the reigning premiers.
“It was a tough week because we were so disappointed with our performance. We have a proud group and a proud club,” Clarkson told reporters post-game.
“We lowered our colours to a good side last week and I hope I’m not discrediting Geelong by saying it but they’re not that good. We were just terribly poor.
“We expected a response and we got one. But the challenge for us now is to back up that response with another really strong performance next week.”
Hawthorn next face North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium next Sunday night.