Max Michalanney (left) and Joshua Worrell (right) at a Crows training session. Photo Credit: Madeline Irwin/The Inner Sanctum

Adelaide defender Max Michalanney has praised coach Matthew Nicks after the Crows defeated the Blues on Saturday night for their first victory of 2024.

“He’s done a mountain of work over the preseason.” Michalanney said on the Adelaide coach.

“He’s taught us all things and we just all need to listen him, I think we did that on the weekend.

“The result came of the back of that.”

The game itself ended in a two point win to the Crows, when super sub Sam Berry kicked the match winner.

“It’s a bit of a monkey off the back,” Michalanney said when asked about the win against the inform Carlton.

“We just needed it, a win to get it started, we saw signs against Melbourne that our brand of footy is going the right way.”

On his game Michalanney thought that he was “solid” although he said he would’ve liked to “contribute a little bit more.”

When Michael Keane took the final mark of the game, it stopped any last gasp Carlton effort to take back the four points, with Michalanney describing the mark as “Leo Barry like.”

“He’s developing really nicely, and becoming a bit of a star.”

“We are grateful he plays for us and not the opposition.”

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“There was more of a crackdown on playing your own role,” Michalanney said on the plan before the game.

“(We needed to) stop trying to do other players’ role and focus on ourselves.

“That went a long way to helping us get the result on the weekend.”

The Crows were the best attack in the competition in Season 2023, averaging just under 14 goals.

In 2024, Adelaide have averaged just under nine and a half goals, well below the AFL average of 12.1 a game.

“The connection between the forwards and the mids was a lot better (against Carlton) than it has been in the previous weeks,” he said when asked if it was to blame for a slow start to the season.

Adelaide have a massive game in Adelaide on Friday night, taking on an inform Essendon outfit.

“We can take a lot of confidence out of how we performed on the weekend.”

“If we play the same way on Friday Night, against another massive club in Essendon, and put our best foot forward, then hopefully we come away with another win.”

One player the Crows will be without for Friday is Matt Crouch, with the club electing not to challenge the one match ban handed down by the AFL for the bump on Jack Carroll.

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