Swans not concerned by Malthouse

Sportal August 13, 2012, 6:00 pm
John Longmire

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Sydney Swans coach John Longmire refused to dispel former Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse's assessment his top-of-the-ladder side are not worthy of a top-two spot after the Pies' upset victory on Saturday night.

Collingwood battled to an eight-point win over the Swans at ANZ Stadium, their 10th straight over Sydney, leading Malthouse to believe neither the Swans or Adelaide warranted their top-two spots.

Sydney and Adelaide are first and second on 60 points with the Pies level on points in third.

Hawthorn, who Malthouse considers the main contender along with Collingwood, are fourth on 56 points, with three games to play.

Longmire saw his nine-match winning streak snapped as a result and said although he felt his side needed to improve, he did not take much stock in Malthouse's opinion.

"We don't get too caught up in what happens outside the footy club," Longmire said.

"Mick is entitled to his opinion and good luck to him.

"Going into the weekend, us and Collingwood had won five games each against top eight teams.

"The record has been OK, but we still have to improve.

"I don't completely disagree with Mick, we've still got to improve, and I've said that every week."

A baffled Malthouse gave little credit to the Swans, whose credentials he said were boosted by a favourable draw.

"I just can't get my head around it, looking at the ladder and seeing Sydney on top, Adelaide second," Malthouse said on Melbourne radio.

"I can't get my head around them being the best two sides in the comp - because they're not."

Longmire immediately turned his attentions to Sunday's clash with the Western Bulldogs and said Malthouse's words would not be used as any sort of motivation in the lead up.

"We don't come in here on a Monday, look at Mick Malthouse's comments and throw the world upside down and do the review completely different because of it," he said.

"He's entitled to his opinion and a lot of people think he's right in that and that's fine, it doesn't worry me and it doesn't worry the players."

Sydney's forward line structure appeared to fall down against the Pies with Sam Reid's absence glaring during the loss.

Longmire said on Monday he was hopeful Reid would return after a second week on the sidelines with bone bruising.

"He ran today and ran really well," he said.

"He'll do a bit of training on Wednesday and hopefully do full training on Friday.

"He'd be a really good in for us, even when he's not kicking bag of goals, he allows other players to do other things and he's an important player in our structure."

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  1. paul m03:17pm Tuesday 14th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Unless you play each other once a year and the grand final is played in the state of the highest finishing side there is going to be major differences . Hats off to collingwood the travel well maybe a little less than the average team even under Malthouse .Go Bloods

  2. kennygg10:22am Tuesday 14th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Come on Malthouse stop the sour grapes man, who are you to say that Sydney do not deserve to be at the top of the ladder, they are simply there because they have won the most games along with Adelaide , and at the top on percentage. The main thing here is that Sydney will be in the Final's come September.

  3. len09:41pm Monday 13th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Mchael,michael,michael, the guide lines are in place . The top 2 teams don't pick who they can play .in fact none of the teams pick. Lucky we don't have to only play minor rounds. Reality is the team that is the best on the day, be it a minor round or a grand final. 2 home finals for the top 2.

  4. Saint08:52pm Monday 13th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I am not going to question what Malthouse is saying. definitly a great coach, but there is only one way to find out who deserves to be on top, and that is when the final siren goes in the Grand Final, that is when we will find out who deserves to be the best. then there will be no excuses and no questioning on who had an easy draw and who didn't.

  5. underarm_bowler08:44pm Monday 13th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Andrea you obviously did not read my post correctly. I was being sarcastic to the post from chaise. Malthouse if anything is a successful coach with 3 premierships

  6. Andrea08:03pm Monday 13th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Whether Maltause's comments are valid or not belies the stupid comments above. He is a premiership coach and far more qualified to make comments than you ignorant tossers. In fact, if you read his comments and did the homework (as he has done), you may even see that what he says is reasonable and credible. But that's probably too much to expect from joe underarm or chaise.

  7. joe07:46pm Monday 13th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    House of malt you're a premiership loser coach and we'll see yah eating your own words in september...so keep your mouth shut for a while ok.

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  8. underarm_bowler07:23pm Monday 13th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ummm yeah. Malt house is a premiership coach which definitely qualifies him as a loser. And I wouldn't feel stupid saying that either

  9. chaise06:37pm Monday 13th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    malthouse is a loser, and obviesly didnt see collingwood get dominated by the hawks. So why are collingwood in third spot. Think the swans dominated the hawks a couple of months ago.