Expectations managed as Crows flying start continues

A flurry of late goals has ensured Adelaide continues its remarkable march towards a potential finals berth as it ran over North Melbourne.

The Crows withstood a charge from the Roos, before they ran away after the final change.

With Adelaide now sitting fifth on the ladder with three wins from four rounds, there is growing optimism surrounding the club as the narrative changes from a rebuilding phase to competing for a spot in the top eight.

Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks says the internal expectations of the club haven’t changed.

“Our expectations were for us to compete and play a brand of footy that people like watching,” Nicks said.

“Our members and supporters went to Marvel and watch us play, and we want to walk of the ground and be proud of the effort that we put out there.”

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Coleman Medal leader Taylor Walker kicked three goals in the match, including two in the opening 67 seconds, but the Crows’ ability to share the football going inside forward 50 saw the side have nine goal-scorers.

Despite running out the game as 41-point winners, Nicks said there was improvement to be had.

“There’s so much work still to do,” Nicks said.

“We’re a young group, and with that comes the challenge of consistency.”

“Within today’s game we dropped away for a couple of quarters, and we gave our opposition a chance. We may not be able to do that some weeks.”

The Crows had nine different players kicking goals, including Walker, Shane McAdam and Darcy Fogarty kicking three each.

Even with an even spread of the goal scoring, Nicks wasn’t content with their efficiency going forward.

“Our forward of centre movement really let us down,” Nicks said.

“We had opportunities where we almost had an outnumber inside our forward 50 and we weren’t able to get our fundamentals right.

“We’ll always encourage the boys to take the game on, especially at Marvel where the ball flies truly under the roof.”

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