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Florent praises Swans' grind

Zachary Gates  April 16, 2018 2:43 PM

Florent post match - Rd 4, 2018 Oliver Florent speaks to SwansTV after a thrilling win over the Western Bulldogs.

Sydney young gun Oliver Florent has praised the fight the Swans showed in the second half as they powered towards victory over the Western Bulldogs on Saturday.

The Swans overcame the Bulldogs in a seven-point win at Etihad Stadium and kicked seven second-half goals to the hosts’ four.

Sydney trailed by 10 points at the main break and at one point early in the second term was 22 points down.

But coach John Longmire said the side was able to “find a way” despite being beaten in disposals, clearances, inside 50s contested possessions and stoppages.

Florent said the Swans had to push hard to get past the Dogs.

“We worked hard after half-time when we got a ripping from John and we stood up and proceeded to go on and win the game,” Florent said.

“It was a big third quarter. They came at us and we really had to go back at them and credit to them – they made us work hard and really earn the win. It was a couple of really big efforts that got us over the line.”

Florent sealed the Swans’ third win of the season with a stellar goal on the run with about 30 seconds left.

The 19-year-old snatched up an over-the-head Isaac Heeney kick on the left wing, took a bounce and fired away from just inside 50.

Dogs ruckman Tim English was hot on his heels from the moment he had clung on to Heeney’s kick and the Sherrin bounced once and trickled in. 

“I knew there wasn’t long on the clock,” Florent said.

“It would have been more intense if were down but there was a lot of space in front of me and I was running with a ruckman but I looked at him and it was Tim English and he’s a pretty good player and very quick. So I just had to throw it on the boot and luckily it rolled through.” 

The Dogs clash was just Florent’s 13th senior game and the 2016 Draftee said he had found his feet quickly at the club.

“I know I can work on my game – everyone’s got to improve at some point,” Florent said.

“I’m happy that I’m playing consistent football and credit to the boys – they make me feel so comfortable out there and I absolutely love getting out there and playing. I’ve spoken with a few coaches and they’re happy with how I’m going but I want to get better.”