SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: Jake Lloyd of the Swans marks during the round 20 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Collingwood Magpies at Sydney Cricket Ground on August 4, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The Swans will look to respond to their slow start in Round 3 when they play North Melbourne at the SCG on Saturday.

Half-back Jake Lloyd told the media that his team's opening half against the Western Bulldogs was "pretty disappointing," and didn't reflect Sydney's contested style of play.

“We were too slow to get going. It took us a quarter and a half before we got into our style of footy," said Lloyd of Sydney's Round 3 defeat to the Dogs.

The Swans had to haul in a 26-point margin after kicking just one goal in the first half.

"It’s a credit to (the Bulldogs) for coming out straight away, but we’ve got to get better at that, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing against, we’ve got to be ready to go every week," said Lloyd.

Sydney lost the clearances contest to the Bulldogs by 11, and the contested possession count by 24, dissonant to the Swans' contest-focused game.

"Our DNA in the last couple of years has been our pressure around the ball, and that contested footy style," said Lloyd.

"The Bulldogs really came out hard and were too good for us in that area.”

Sydney will add ex-Port ruck Peter Ladhams to its selected side for the weekend after talismanic ruckman Tom Hickey suffered a knee injury in the clash against the Bulldogs.

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Lloyd said that Tom Papley was "still a week or two off," but had been progressing well through a training block.

The Harbour City side will enter their latest date with the Roos holding a lumberyard's worth of wood over their visitors having won eight of their past 10 clashes against the Arden Streeters.