Attitude the key to Geelong clash: Swans

Adrian Warren
Sydney vice-captain Luke Parker says his AFL side must improve their mindset to beat Geelong

Sydney vice-captain Luke Parker admits he and Swans skipper Josh Kennedy were down on form last week and has warned of the consequences if the side doesn't start better against Geelong on Saturday.

Midfield warriors Parker and Kennedy had just seven kicks each and and 17 and 13 possessions respectively in the home loss to Adelaide.

In the case of the usually ultra-consistent Kenndy, it was a second-straight quiet game after he tallied just four kicks and 16 disposals the previous week.

"Myself, I was down on form and Joey (Kennedy) would say himself that he was down on from as well, so we can't have too many players having an off game in one game," Parker said.

"For us, it's about getting back to basics. We had a pretty low percentage of tackles made and lost the contested ball and ground ball.

"When you get those things wrong or lose those battles, it goes a long way towards losing the game, so that's what we need to improve."

"But I don't think it's a crisis thing."

The Crows had 13 first-quarter scores and Parker recognised the Swans couldn't afford another tardy start on Saturday.

"If we come up with that mindset, that we did on the weekend, we'll get smacked," Parker said.

Even without the injured Gary Ablett, the Cats possess two of the competition's great midfielders in Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield.

"They are one of the best midfields in the competition, there's probably no better test than down there against some of the stars of the game.' Parker said.

"It will be great to test ourselves and we'll be able to bounce back."

Making life tougher for Sydney will be the absence through injury of star forward Lance Franklin and midfielder Dan Hannebery.

Parker suggested Sydney might mix things up in their forward line without Franklin and their other injured key tall Sam Reid.

"It's pretty hard to replace Bud, a six-foot-six animal who has incredible skills," Parker said of Franklin.

"It depends if they want to go with a different look or be a bit more unpredicatble, which could be the case"