Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew says he will look toward co-captains David Swallow and Jarrod Witts for inspiration after their 92-point AFL loss to Richmond.
Inspiration appeared hard to find in the aftermath of Gold Coast's humbling 92-point AFL loss to Richmond at Metricon Stadium.
But Suns coach Stuart Dew reckoned players only had to look at the efforts of co-captains David Swallow and Jarrod Witts in their video review to find motivation after their "embarrassing" Saturday display.
Richmond had remarkably iced the result by halftime, defying wet conditions to lead the bottom-placed Suns 16.7 (103) to 3.1 (19).
It marked the 11th straight loss by Gold Coast and Dew admitted this one "hurt".
"We can accept getting beaten by a team that is fiercer, harder for longer but that's why the first half just stings you," Dew said.
"They will be hurting after a bad loss."
A shellshocked Dew admitted it would have been easy to give his side a spray.
However, Dew instead believed it would be more constructive to point to Swallow and ruckman Witts' display after they appeared to wage a two-man war on the rampant Tigers in the second half.
To their credit, the last-placed Suns kicked four goals to three in the third quarter to at least try and respond to Richmond.
Swallow and Witts had 13 and 15 contested possessions respectively - the two highest on the ground in that category.
"We have to face it, we can't park this," Dew said of the result.
"We can't brush this one but it doesn't mean we are going to rant and rave.
"I think our captains showed how they feel about the footy club and that was really important ... it shows we have a couple of ripping captains in our midst."
Adding injury to insult, the Suns appear to have lost Wil Powell for the season after he broke down in the first term with a knee injury.
"That doesn't help when you are 80 down and down one of our best runners," Dew said of the 19-year-old Powell.
"He has hurt his knee and that looks like it will be some time off and given where we are at, a bit of time off will get him close towards the end of the season unfortunately for Wil."