Kevin Sheedy knew there would be tough times for Greater Western Sydney during the club's infancy but the master coach conceded days like Sunday were not good for the code.
The AFL wants the Sydney Derby, or Battle of the Bridge, to be a showpiece game but they will be a turn-off if the Giants reproduce performances like their most recent effort.
The Giants were competitive in round one, pushing the reigning premiers to five goals, but other than the first 10 minutes of the game did not give a yelp against the Swans.
They have just six games left to avoid being the first team since Fitzroy in 1964 to finish the season without a win.
The 129-point margin, the Giants' equal third worst loss, could have been far higher had the Swans not been so wasteful in front of goal.
Sydney's dominance was highlighted in almost every statistic – the inside-50 count (77-31), possessions (418-294) and, of course, the scoreboard.
Sheedy has been on the receiving end of his fair share of drubbings over his long career but even he was markedly downbeat on Sunday night. Outside of Jeremy Cameron and Lachie Whitfield, there was hardly a GWS player who enhanced their reputation.
Sheedy refused to give his young team a tongue lashing but admitted such displays were ''damning'' and ''annoying'' for their fans.
''A lot of things aren't good for the game and the history of the game but you must keep working at it,'' Sheedy said. ''It's about gradually building a wonderful, great club in the west of Sydney, which we will do and try and work through games you'd rather forget.
''It's exciting even though it's damning at times.''
The Giants have done well to attract more than 12,500 members in only their second season but there was hardly any orange visible among the crowd of 21,757.
''We've got to give them a better opportunity to see us play a game they can enjoy,'' Sheedy said.
''You can be beaten at times and you go, 'Wow, that was a pretty tough hit out like the last match against Footscray,' but this was very annoying and frustrating today.
''We've got to be harder at it than that. I know we've made five or six changes but the boys you bring in have to play better.
''I've got no doubt about this team coming through as long as we get the right trade deals and players coming to this club.''
In a major surprise, the Giants led until the 21-minute mark of the first term but were then crushed by an avalanche of goals from a Swans outfit wanting to atone for their underwhelming display a week earlier.
If not for their inaccurate kicking, the Swans could easily have broken the double ton for the first time since 1987 when Warwick Capper was ruling the roost in the goal square.
Swans coach John Longmire, however, was rapt with his team's ruthlessness. ''It's probably been a while since we've been able to finish a game off as strongly,'' he said.
SYDNEY 3.8 10.10 15.19 24.27 (171)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS 1.3 3.7 3.9 5.12 (42)
Goals: Sydney: J White 3 K Tippett 3 M Pyke 3 T Mitchell 3 B McGlynn 2 C Bird 2 J Kennedy 2 D Rampe J Bolton L Parker N Malceski R O’Keefe S Mumford. Greater Western Sydney Giants: J Cameron 3 D Smith S Darley.
Best: Sydney: N Malceski J McVeigh D Rampe D Hannebery J Kennedy C Bird. Greater Western Sydney Giants: L Whitfield J Cameron C Ward A Treloar.
Umpires: Dean Margetts, Gary Fila, Nicholas Foot.
Official Crowd: 21,757 at SCG.