Coach John Longmire has emphasised that to remain competitive his side needs to continually meet the standards they set for themselves, after being overrun by St. Kilda by 53 points.

Heading into the second half down 22 points, the Swans weren't able to capitalise on some strong pressure in the 3rd quarter to bring themselves back into the contest.

“We felt like we had the pressure going a lot better in the 3rd quarter”, Longmire said.

“But we only had double-figure entries, we probably didn’t get reward for effort there - it would’ve been great to get a couple more goals.”

Longmire then stressed that his side must strive to meet the standards they set for themselves, regardless of experience and injury.

“There’s got to be a standard we keep driving, where we don’t sit there and say, we’ve got a young team," Longmire said.

“We’ve got to keep driving that standard no matter what we do, and get better.”

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Longmire also acknowledged that his opposition in St. Kilda were able to take advantage of their pressure and convert where the Swans were unable to, ultimately securing them the win.

“We got smacked at the centre bounce clearances, and we couldn’t defend when it was in there (defence)," Longmire conceded.

“When they got ground position from the centre…they were more efficient at scoring. Their pressure is very good, they had 20 more tackles which was one part of the equation.”

Longmire and the Swans will look to improve from tonight's performance when they take on Collingwood at the Gabba, in Round 10.