Sydney Swans coach John Longmire says a lack of intensity cost his side as they slipped to a surprise defeat against the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday.
The Swans are out to make finals at the very least this season and currently sit in sixth spot on the ladder with five wins from their opening games of the campaign.
The Gold Coast picked up just their third win of the season when edging out the Swans by 14 points at the SCG. Longmire was disappointed with his side’s slow start and will go back to the drawing board to figure it out.
"We’ll go back and try and put a finger on it, we just lacked that energy early in the game,” Longmire told reporters after the game. "You’ve got to make sure you match the opposition with their level of intensity, and we didn’t get going for a long time.
"Whatever you do during the week, you have to come to compete first-up. Last week (against Brisbane) I thought we did, we just didn’t execute. Overall, we’ve got to get out of the blocks better, no doubt."
Meanwhile Suns coach Stuart Dew was delighted with the performance of his side and was relieved to get a much-needed
"We needed that one," he told reporters. "I’m proud of their fight, obviously. At different times, our belief has never wavered internally.
"The pleasing thing for us tonight is the evenness across the group, sharing the load, which is really important to us, there are no egos in there.”