Past means nothing to Swans

Sportal September 17, 2012, 1:45 pm
Adam Goodes

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Sydney coach John Longmire is confident his side's woeful record against Collingwood won't spook his players in the lead-up to Friday's preliminary final blockbuster at ANZ Stadium.

The Magpies have won the past 11 meeting between the two clubs, including an eight-point victory in Sydney last month.

But with a spot in the AFL grand final up for grabs, an upbeat Longmire declared history will count for nothing on Friday night.

"I understand the focus outside the footy club but we don't discuss it at all internally," Longmire said of his side's six-year drought against Collingwood.

"We'll focus on our processes that we put in place for every game.

"We look at the last couple of times we've played our opposition and what we did right and what we did wrong but mainly it's about what we do this week, it's really got not much to do with what's happened in the past."

Seven of Sydney's 11 losses to the Pies have come at ANZ Stadium but Longmire insists the Swans will still have the home-ground advantage despite playing away from their beloved SCG.

"We think playing in Sydney obviously is a great help for us, I mean we'd much rather play in Sydney," he said.

"It's not often you get to play a home preliminary final and the more people that we get here in the red and white the better.

"I know that there'll be a lot of Collingwood people here and we need to make sure that there's more red and white."

Meanwhile, Longmire confirmed Ben McGlynn will not make a miracle return from a hamstring injury suffered in the 29-point win over Adelaide nine days ago.

"He's coming along a lot better obviously ... he probably thought the worst but the scans showed it certainly wasn't as bad as it could have been and from that point he's been really positive in terms of getting his rehab right," Longmire said.

"But he's highly unlikely to play this week but he's doing everything he can do get himself right.

The Swans will make one definite change to their line-up with key defender Heath Grundy returning from a one-match suspension, but Longmire was coy when probed on the final make-up of his squad.

"Obviously we've got Heath Grundy to come back into the team and we just have to look at the mix and how the balance of the team looks this week," he said.

"Heath will come straight back in it's just what else we put around that and we're still yet to settle on that."

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