For a game originally scheduled for Marvel Stadium, moved to the Gabba and then played at the MCG, Sydney and Essendon put on one hell of a show.

It was a freewheeling affair that saw 33 goals kicked between the two sides, including 23 after half-time in a mostly goal-for-goal fashion.

Sydney emerged victors by seven points, and coach John Longmire was thrilled at how his team had handled the upheaval.

"We've had a seven-week stint (on the road). In a few hours, we packed up everything and moved (from Queensland). We were tested late at night, and our ability to get over that was great," Longmire said.

"We felt earlier in the game we were a bit off, if you look at all of our indicators, we just took a little time to get going, and you can probably put a bit of that down to everything that's been going on.

"Our ability to then switch into our mode and get the win was fantastic. It was just a really mature performance when we weren't playing that well.

"Fortunately, we were in striking distance at half-time, and we were able to find a way when we weren't at the top of our game, we were able to get going and do what we had to do.

"It was a great performance by our players to be able to get themselves going and get themselves into a position to win."

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Longmire: We had plenty to play for

Watch Sydney's press conference after round 20's match against Essendon

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The Swans are drawn to play St Kilda at Marvel Stadium, but Longmire is none the wiser what the team's week will involve in this ever-changing season.

"I'm not sure what's going to happen tonight, let alone tomorrow. I'm sure you can understand that, we just don't know, we've got no idea," Longmire said.

"At the moment we're down here, we're in Melbourne and I don't know if it'll change or not, but at the present time, that's what we're looking at.

"Our families are still back in Queensland, but I think our players and staff have been just super at the way they're applying themselves to the task at hand."

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Match Highlights: Sydney Swans v Essendon, Round 20

See all the match highlights from Sunday's thriller at the MCG

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