Swans focus on rebound against Carlton

Sydney midfielder Josh Kennedy says he’s spent little time fretting about teammate Michael Talia’s drugs charges – it’s last weekend’s AFL loss to Hawthorn he’s been losing the most sleep over.

Kennedy admitted Talia’s arrest had been a distraction for the Swans earlier this week when the news broke.

But he was adamant the team have now shifted focus to rebounding against Carlton at the SCG on Saturday after a frustratingly long nine-day break.

“I’m obviously incredibly disappointed with the situation and what’s happened,” Kennedy said on Thursday.

“We’ve got bigger fish to fry this weekend.

“We’ve fallen out of the top four with the loss last weekend – it was certainly one that got away.

“They (the Hawks) were very good in the end there and pipped us, so it has been a few more sleepless nights this week stewing over what could have been.

“Our focus is solely on trying to redeem that and win this week.”

The heartbreaking five-point loss to the Hawks – the Swans’s third by single figures this campaign – leaves John Longmire’s men in fifth and on equal points with three other sides in one of the least predictable ladders to date.

Unlike the form inconsistencies that contributed to narrow defeats to Richmond and the Western Bulldogs, Kennedy said Alastair Clarkson’s reigning premiers simply “did things a little bit better at the right times”.

Regardless, every setback has made Sydney hungrier.

And while 14th-placed Carlton pose a significantly lesser threat, the 28-year-old guaranteed there’ll be no danger of complacency against a Blues outfit that pushed West Coast to the limit last weekend.

“We saw their best against the Eagles, who would be a real premiership contender,” Kennedy said.

“We’ve seen in the competition this year that if you’re off 10 per cent it can be really costly.

“With how even it is and how many spots you can drop or rise in one week, at this stage of the year, it’s pretty different to what I can remember in my time.

“Every game is so important.”

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