Longmire admits the Swans have lost their ruthless edge this season, as they face the near unimaginable prospect of back-to-back losses against the two teams expected to battle it out for the spoon.
“I’m confident we can rediscover the form that we need to rediscover and I’m confident that our group have been able to deliver for a long time and I’m confident that we can get up and deliver again,” Longmire said yesterday.
“But there is a time when we need to actually go out on the ground and display the sort of football that we know we can.”
While form is an issue for the Swans, Longmire has shown little inclination in axing his underperforming stars, as North Melbourne and Fremantle have done with great effect.
“It’s not so much searching for answers,” Longmire said. “We know we’re not playing trademark football, that ruthless hard edge, so we know what the problem is.”
The winless Swans remain firmly entrenched at the bottom of the ladder, having been heavily criticised for their lack of fight in 19 point loss to Carlton last weekend; Longmire understands the scrutiny on his team, but stressed a collective responsibility for their performances.
“Obviously it’s a bit more pointed as a coach, I understand that. Everyone understands that,” Longmire said.
“But we’ve enjoyed some fantastic times at this football club as a collective and we’ll work through the tough times and the challenging times as a collective. That’s what good clubs do.”
Their next game is against the Lions, with the Swans holding an impressive nine-win streak going back to 2010.
A win will surely lift the spirits of the Swans' faithful, and no doubt rejuvenate a team that's desperate for success.
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