The Sydney Swans will need a miracle to give themselves any chance of making this year’s AFL finals, after a 26-point loss to West Coast.
That is now the fourth-straight loss for the 2016 grand finalists.
No team since the AFL instituted the top eight system in 1994 has recovered from a 0-4 start to play finals.
North Melbourne were the last team to do it, starting 0-4 in 1975 and winning the VFL premiership.
The Swans have lost their opening four games of a season for the first time since 1993.
The side fought hard but just couldn’t do enough to get up over the West Coast, going down 13.13 (91) to 10.5 (65).
It won’t get any easier for Sydney next Saturday night against the GWS Giants at the SCG.
Sydney coach John Longmire couldn’t fault his team’s effort, but they were made to pay for their mistakes.
“If you look at the stats after the game our effort and intensity was reasonably strong. It was just our execution that let us down at different times,” Longmire said.
“We suffered some bad goals against on turnovers. We conceded 10.9 on turnover which ends up really hurting you.”