North Melbourne coach Chris Scott insists his side will learn a lot from their first AFL loss of the season and is confident their best football is still to come.
The Kangaroos will still be top on Sunday night, as they had an eight-point buffer going into the round.
After nine straight wins, Scott’s side and their on-ball engine room in particular wasn’t able to stick with a determined Sydney team driven by the industrious midfield trio of Tom Mitchell, Dan Hannebery and Josh Kennedy.
The Swans slammed on five successive goals as North were held to their lowest quarter-time score of the campaign.
The Roos got within nine points by halftime, but ended up 25 behind on the contested possession count and forwards Jarrad Waite, Brent Harvey and Drew Petrie all finished goalless.
“We’ll learn a lot, particularly the start to the game,” Scott said.
“We didn’t really play complete footy at any stage and that’s mostly to do I think with the Swans and their pressure around the contest.
“They were a bit cleaner inside than us as well, but we’re really confident our best footy is in front of us.
“We didn’t produce it tonight in a highly pressured game, but weren’t terrible.
“There were a lot of things that went well for us, but they took 20 marks from our kicks, that in itself was a problem.
“There are a few other things, but 53 inside 50s to their 51, on top in the clearances.
“But in terms of the clearance efficiency, they just dominated that.
“Who cares if you’re winning the clearances if you’re not scoring.”
North reported no immediate injury worries as they looked ahead to next Friday’s clash with Richmond at Blundstone Arena.