Emerging youngster Will Hayward is providing some cheer for a Sydney AFL side short on forward height and struggling to win at home.
The two-point loss to North Melbourne at the SCG on Saturday was Sydney's third defeat in four home games.
Asked why Sydney were struggling at what has traditionally been one of the toughest venues for visiting teams, coach John Longmire said: "It's a whole range of things, various things, each one is different.
"But the reality is you've got to find a way to get it done at home and we haven't done it three times."
Only a perfect 3-0 away record is keeping the 4-3 Swans in touch and they could slip out of the eight on percentage by the end of the round.
They face a tough assignment against their 2017 bogey side Hawthorn at the MCG next Friday.
One shining light for Sydney is the goal output from 19 -year-old second-season player Hayward.
For the second week running, the clever 186cm Hayward led the Swans goalkickers with three majors and looked dangerous in the air and on the ground.
He has booted 11 goals this season, second most for Sydney behind Lance Franklin.
With tall forwards Franklin and Sam Reid injured, Longmire again had to improvise at the pointy end of his attack on Saturday, with no forward more than 189cms.
Hayward was one of the few specialist forward options available to Longmire, with the likes of midfield gun Luke Parker and 100-game milestone man Gary Rohan also spending time in the forward line on Saturday.
"Hayward was really lively up forward , he was a real target in our front half and was fantastic," Longmire said.
"At the start of the game we looked at our forward group, we thought we had to put Parker there, because I think Gary (Rohan) was the highest as far as games played with 100."
"The rest were pretty young, so we put Parker forward and various things, but Will was clearly the standout player in that group."
Longmire said Franklin (heel) and midfielder Dan Hannebery (groin) each had a run on Friday and were both a 50-50 chance of being fit to face Hawthorn.
The Hawks were the only side to beat Sydney in their 2017 home and away campaign after the Swans lost their first six matches last season.