Crows’ woes continue with home ground heartbreak

Adelaide players leave the field after another loss on Sunday. Picture: Sarah Reed

The Bombers now sit within the eight with a sport in hand.

Essendon was 19 details up all through the 3rd expression, but Adelaide fought back again to have a kick at goal to earn the sport in the dying seconds of the match, but skipped.

“In this environment, on the street, we arrive down and we just want to carry out as very well as we can, and earn, and now we get dwelling and prepare for our upcoming sport,” Worsfold stated.

“To Adelaide’s credit history they really took the sport up to us in the second half.


“We did not experience we had the sport in control, but we dominated ball posture in that initial half … they evened that part of the sport up and stored the sport really tight all the way via.”

Worsfold was pleased with the depth of his workforce that has coped with an injuries checklist that operates 10-deep, but is looking forward to receiving Dylan Shiel back again from suspension for Friday night’s clash with Brisbane.

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He stated James Stewart, Tom Cutler and Sam Draper had been also pushing for selection.

“I’ve been really pleased with possessing players be capable to arrive in and aid us earn,” Worsfold stated.

“That’s a credit history to the group.

“We’ll slowly but surely get some players back again around the upcoming a few of four months which will reinforce our overall posture, but we’re assured in the men that are out there for us.”

He stated his fairly younger aspect would improve in self-confidence and enhance its selection-producing techniques on the back again of the earn around the Crows.

“We’re observing a great deal of very good stuff in the way we want to move the ball,” Worsfold stated.

“Your education system is way unique than it’s ever been, so in conditions of striving to move the ball down the floor less than authentic pressure and you’ve only bought nine players in a group, it’s quite unrealistic, you are not receiving a very good glance at your pressure transition.

“So when you do apply your ball movement, it’s commonly less than no bodily pressure, which can necessarily mean players definitely are not employed to undertaking it less than the heat that they would be, arrive sport working day.”


They are the text no player desires to listen to: “We’re our possess worst enemy at the moment”, but that’s – once yet again – Crows’ coach Matthew Nicks’ assessment of his winless aspect.

“Unfortunately, (the decline) is a agonizing a person for all of us and we skipped opportunities,” Nicks stated.

“And we skipped them via the initial half … we’re moving the ball forward and we have bought a two-on-a person within fifty and we locate the opposition defender with a kick.

“I think our stats glance Alright disposal effectiveness sensible (74.4 for each cent), but there had been essential times when we did not score.”

Brodie Smith – who skipped his kick towards goal in the dying seconds of the sport – was visibly devastated after the Crows’ spirited a few-level decline to Essendon, but Nicks had practically nothing but praise for his midfielder.

“He was not the only a person (who was upset),” Nicks stated.

“You experience gutted after losses like that wherever you had a authentic chance to earn it, so for Brodie, he gave almost everything in that sport and … he’s now had a few strong months in a row wherever he’s played some wonderful footy, so the emotion’s a very good point.

“I’m annoyed for our group, simply because I know the get the job done they’re undertaking and I experience for our players and our team … for some our men, as you noticed with Smithers (Smith), it’s an psychological time, it’s extraordinary what a person kick can do at the conclusion of a sport for a person aspect and the other.

“Personally, I’m hurting as very well.”

Nicks stated his aspect – winless at -8 and on the bottom of the ladder – would get back again to get the job done, concentrating on increasing connection concerning the midfielders and forwards.

“That’s an apparent space that stands out,” he stated.

With both Brad Crouch and Tom Doedee suffering hamstring injuries in the decline, Bryce Gibbs could battle his way back again into the aspect, with Nicks saying Gibbs played a scratch match from Port Adelaide on Saturday and was amid the Crows’ very best.



With 10 players sitting down on their injuries checklist, together with Dylan Shiel (suspension), Cale Hooker (calf), and Dyson Heppell (ankle), this was an undermanned Bombers’ aspect.

But there had been however a lot of large names jogging all around: midfielder Zach Merrett dominated and had 33 disposals and six clearances and was very best on floor.

Performing together with him was Andrew McGrath, whose two initial-half centre clearances had been a lot more than the full Crows aspect place with each other.

Adam Saad was the very best of the defenders, although forward Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti shook off his a person-touch initial quarter, finishing with 13 touches and two aims.

This was a sizeable earn for the Bombers who are now five-2 (with a sport in hand).


It was the bump that set the intent for the Crows early: only two minutes into the sport, the jogging Tom Doedee gave Essendon’s Will Snelling a savage “Welcome back again to Adelaide” bump that still left the previous South Australian winded on the bench. It was hard, challenging footy.

Doedee, who’s stepped into injured Rory Sloane captaincy, stood tall down back again as regular until his working day was around in the 3rd expression, when he came off the floor needing ice on his hamstring. It’s devastating not only for Adelaide, but for the 23-year-aged who was shining in the captain’s role.

Snelling meanwhile fought his way back again into the sport and completed with 19 disposals and laid 10 tackles.


Crows coach Matthew Nicks laid down a problem to his within-mids this week, imploring them to change their mindset at centre bounces and enhance their centre clearances.

The Crows lost centre clearances seven-14 from St Kilda and 4-13 from West Coast and it’s no shock that likely into this spherical, Adelaide was also rated worst in the league for clearances for each sport.

By halftime, the Crows had been severely down in the centre clearances (one-seven), but their 3rd quarter effort and hard work noticed them battle back again (five-9).

The Crows lost clearances overall 29-37 and centre clearances six-11.


BOMBERS: 4.three seven.five 9.8 sixty two

CROWS: 2. one five.4 8.five 8.11 59

Very best

Bombers: Merrett, McGrath, Parish, Ridley, Bellchambers

Crows: Smith, Seedsman, Murphy, Keays, Stengle


Bombers: McDonald-Tipungwuti, Langford 2, Laverde, Townsend, Parish, Cahill

Crows: Murphy three, Walker 2, Stengle, Smith, Seedsman


Bombers: Laverde (ankle)

Crows: B. Crouch (hamstring), Doedee (hamstring)


Whetton, Gavin, Wallace


three – Zach Merrett (Essendon)

2 – Andrew McGrath (Essendon)

one – Paul Seedsman (Adelaide)

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