Longmire praises leaders

Sportal July 1, 2012, 10:17 am
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Sydney coach John Longmire has heaped praise on his senior players following Saturday's 94-point thumping of Greater Western Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

The in-form Swans were well held by their cross-town rivals in a competitive first half but broke free in the final two terms to post their second victory over Kevin Sheedy's side this season.

"I thought we started off a bit slowly, we were going ok but we weren't playing the sort of footy we wanted to play for periods of that first half," Longmire said.

"But I thought the second half the leaders in particular really started to take charge on the ground and we started to play more like we wanted to play."

The Swans' fourth straight win leaves them in second spot on equal points with West Coast, Essendon and Adelaide, four points behind ladder leaders Collingwood and four clear of sixth-placed Hawthorn.

But while they are in the mix for a home final, Longmire knows the congested nature of the ladder means his men can ill-afford any slip ups in the coming weeks.

"The obvious thing is that everyone's just got to keep winning," he said.

"It's pretty tight in that group of teams and you've just got to try and keep winning and that's obviously what we're going to try and do ... that's the sort of season it is at the moment."

Longmire added of Adam Goodes' second game back from a quadriceps injury: "I thought the longer the game went the better he went.

"He started a bit quiet but the last quarter he started to get some good contests and win his one-on-ones.

"We discussed keeping him on because his last quarter was pretty good and he had four scoring shots, which was a reasonable result."

The dual Brownlow medallist kicked two goals and earned 15 possessions in a modest effort by his lofty standards.

Pressed on how long it will be before Goodes returns to peak form, Longmire replied: "I can't say whether it's one week, two weeks or three weeks. All know is he was a lot better tonight than what he was last week, and he'll be a lot better next week."

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