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Swans look to move on after shock AFL loss
19:55 AEST Sun Jun 23 2013

Sydney co-captain Jarrad McVeigh says his AFL side are relishing a short turnaround after their worst performance of the season.

The Swans suffered an 18-point loss to Port Adelaide on Saturday, a shock result given the reigning premiers had been in devastating touch in their previous three starts.

McVeigh suggested few of his teammates could be content with their first outing after the mid-season bye, and that all were desperate to atone against Carlton at the SCG on Friday night.

"Joey Kennedy fought really hard in the middle, but other than that - we probably couldn't say we had too many winners on the day," McVeigh said at the Swans' recovery session on Sunday.

"Which was really disappointing from our point of view.

"...It was probably our worst result for the year, and credit to Port, they played really well.

"They turned the pressure up on us and we couldn't go with them.

"Fortunately for us we get to play Friday night against Carlton. It's a short week and we can get back out there and put in a good performance."

The defeat was further soured by a knee injury to dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes, who was substituted off at three-quarter time.

Goodes will have scans on Monday, but McVeigh is upbeat they won't detail any serious damage.

"I think he jarred his knee, so he'll have scans tomorrow and we'll wait and see," McVeigh said of Goodes.

"Hopefully it's not too bad. He was pretty positive after the game."

Centre half-forward Sam Reid (quad) and speedster Lewis Jetta (shin) are in contention for a recall, but will need to prove their fitness at Wednesday's training session.

McVeigh nominated ball use as his side's biggest failure in the loss to the Power.

He added that Kurt Tippett, who played his first game for the Swans after serving an 11-match suspension, would be better for the run.

"Obviously first game back, so he was going to run out of legs," McVeigh said.

"But the way he competed, the way he started was really positive for us.

"Hopefully he can take it another step this week."


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