Taylor Walker of the Crows.
Taylor Walker of the Crows. JOE CASTRO

Crows adapting to rivals' defensive pressure

ADELAIDE reckons it's on the right path when it comes to attacking opposition plans to stifle its scoring ability.

With a dangerous forward line led by skipper Taylor Walker and Eddie Betts, the Crows averaged a staggering 134 points during a 6-0 start to the season.

They have failed to top 100 points in three of the past four weeks, with opponents playing an extra man behind the ball.

They've won only four of their past eight games to drop to second behind GWS.

"We just have to adapt and we've done that well in certain games. Last week at times we struggled to get the ball back off Carlton, but the numbers back made us less efficient in terms of our scoring, and that's the nature of how some opposition are playing us now,” coach Don Pyke said.

"That takes some learning and some education for us as coaches and the players experiencing it.

"If a side does A, B or C, what do we need to do?

"We've got that right a couple of times, and a couple of times we haven't.

"We think we're on the right path.”

The Crows, with speedster Charlie Cameron expected to return, on Friday night host the struggling Bulldogs, who have lost three of their past four games.

"The Bulldogs are high-quality opposition and they really pride themselves on their pressure on the ball,” Pyke said.

"We know it's going to be on to start with, wet or dry.

"If it's wet, it'll be more of a field-position game.”

News Corp Australia


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