Canberra midfielder Alex Smout has implored his side to remain strong around the contest and take their opportunities following a 14-point loss to GWS last Friday night.
Six second-half goals to the GIANTS resulted in a 11.12 (78) to 9.10 (64) win in a tight, scrappy affair at Phillip Oval.
Canberra were hard-fought in their efforts, but ultimately slipped to their 3rd loss of the season.
Alex Smout (40 disposals, 12 clearances) says whilst the loss was disappointing
he was pleased Canberra's young side stood up against the GIANTS until the final siren.
“Yeah it was a disappointing result, but there were a lot of positives as well,” Smout said.
"I think at the end of the day we had our chances but just lacked that polish at the end when it mattered. ”
"Everyone’s willingness to crack-in In trying conditions couldn’t be faulted."
The 24-year-old has jumped in to the top five of the NEAFL MVP voting following his 40 disposals (20 contested) and 12 clearances on Friday night.
Smout said that his ability to stay involved in the contest against bigger bodies was something which he prides himself on.
"I think in today’s game It’s really important to be able to win the ball both on the inside and outside if you can’t win your own ball then it’s easy for oppositions to curb your influence."
"So I think the balance is really important."
The former Frankston midfielder says the playing group have reviewed the loss and will shift their focus to Saturday’s clash against Brisbane at Phillip Oval.
"I think our boys should take a lot of confidence out of knowing we can match it with AFL listed talent and hopefully it holds us in better stead this week against Brisbane."
"Not to dissimilar to many other weeks, we will do our due diligence on them, prepare as best as we can to give ourselves the best chance we can to win."
"We are at the point where we have had a few honorable losses this year and we would really love to take a big scalp."
Canberra welcome the Brisbane Lions to Phillip Oval this Saturday afternoon at 12pm.