Hawthorn Coach Alastair Clarkson has taken a glass half-full approach in the aftermath of his side's loss to GWS on Sunday night.

The Giants led at every break to ultimately prevail by a comfortable 34-point margin, but Clarkson highlighted two key wins for the Hawks that impressed him.

The Hawks recorded 38 inside 50s to the Giants' 26, while Clarkson's side also won the clearance count for just the second time this season.

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"Looking at the stats, there were a lot of things that went in our favour - we won the inside 50s count and we won clearance as well," Clarkson said. 

"If we said we'd won those two stats by 10 or more at the start of the game, we would have thought we had won but that wasn't the case.

"They were really polished with the footy when they went inside 50 and they took their chances.

"On the flipside, we couldn't take our chances anywhere."

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 This polish of the Giants was evident in their ability to score from their forward 50 entries, generating 18 shots at goal from 26 entries. 

The Hawks now enter their hub in Sydney, with an upcoming Friday night clash with Collingwood the next item on the side's 2020 agenda.