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Swans look to rise above AFL pack

By Adrian Warren 19/05/2009 05:29:15 PM Comments (0)

Sydney star Adam Goodes said the Swans are in the midst of their most important three-game stretch of the season as they attempt to break out of an AFL mid-table logjam.

The Swans currently sit in ninth position, just outside the top eight with a 4-4 record, but with the lowest percentage of the four teams locked on 16 points.

With three other teams above them on 20 and five below on 12, just two wins separate 12 of the 16 teams.

St Kilda and Geelong are three games clear at the top and Richmond and Melbourne two games adrift at the bottom.

Beaten in all four of their interstate games, but victorious in each of their four home engagements, the Swans are entering a crunch part of their draw.

After scraping past West Coast at ANZ Stadium last Saturday, the Swans host Port Adelaide at the SCG on Sunday and tackle Western Bulldogs at Manuka Oval in Canberra the following Saturday.

Hawthorn at the MCG loom after that.

"We're 4-4 and we're a game from third spot and a game from third-bottom, so the reality is we're amongst the middle of it," Goodes said.

"This time of the year is the most important, the next three games are the most important for our season.

"We haven't won two in a row this year, so hopefully we will win this one and just instill a bit more confidence into our whole playing list.

"Winning one, losing one, you're sort of up and down every week, so hopefully it will be the start of a bit of momentum for us."

Goodes was wary of a Port forward line, boasting Daniel Motlop and the rejuvenated Warren Tredrea.

"We've got to try and minimise their midfield impact and their service to their forwards," Goodes said.

"Daniel and those other players up there are going to kick goals, it's just a matter of making sure that when they're having shots on the goals they are out on the boundary, so we give our defenders the best opportunity to defend."

Motlop meanwhile has given his stamp of endorsement for current Port coach Mark Williams to retain the job beyond this year.

"He's been my best coach ever," Motlop told afl.com.au.

"None of the players are saying `let's get rid of "Choco"', or anything like that.

"Everyone loves him. We know where we're going and hopefully it's with him."

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