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By Adam Curley - AFL Media  July 15, 2017 11:35 PM

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Leon Cameron was upbeat despite the loss to the Swans on Saturday night.

I'm actually pleased that we played a better brand of footy because we've been struggling a little bit for the last three or four weeks.

The GIANTS have won just one of its past five games but coach Leon Cameron is looking at the positives after his team's 13-point loss to the Swans.

The GIANTS were clearly on top in the opening term against Sydney but couldn't take advantage of a lopsided inside 50 count and their dominance at clearances, and that theme remained throughout the night at Spotless Stadium.

The tight loss comes after two-straight draws with Geelong and Hawthorn, and the club's crippling injury list looks to be hampering their chances of a top-four finish.

Key forward Jeremy Cameron (tight hamstring) became the latest star added to the rehab group when he pulled out before the game, but his coach praised the efforts of his players, and said it was a much-improved performance against the Swans.

"I'm actually pleased that we played a better brand of footy because we've been struggling a little bit for the last three or four weeks, but we're disappointed obviously to lose the game," he said.

"We're going through a patch at the moment where things aren't working as fluently as what everyone would like, whether that be injuries, inside 50s or whatever.

"But I was really pleased that our players kept on standing up against a really good team that probably had chances to go four or five goals up.

"We kept answering the challenge but just could get over that hump of the two goal buffer and that was what hurt us in the end."

Cameron quickly turned his attention to a massive clash with Richmond next week. 

"We've got eight days (to recover) and we've got to bring that same intensity (next week) because we play a really good side in the Tigers next Sunday at the MCG," he said.

"We'll be in that game if we bring the same sort of intensity that we played with tonight. 

"Like anything, form comes on the back of just turning up, and we've got to turn up next Sunday."

Cameron is no guarantee to recover in time for round 18, while Matt de Boer will also be in doubt after leaving the field in the first quarter with a lacerated ear, before being ruled out of the game with concussion after copping an accidental elbow from Sydney's Nic Newman.