North Melbourne’s Jamie Macmillan at Marvel Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Picture by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
North Melbourne’s Jamie Macmillan at Marvel Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Picture by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Ton of issues, but Crows will stick together

Tom Lynch knows Aussie rules is a numbers game - and they are running the wrong way for Adelaide.

Adelaide booted 100 points 16 times in 2017.

Saturday's loss to North Melbourne marked the first time since 2010 Adelaide had not cracked the ton across its initial four matches of a season.

Adelaide has one win in four games, which happens when it doesn't hunt en masse, says Lynch.

"We are a weight-of-numbers football club (with) everyone playing their role. At the moment we are not getting numbers to do so," said Lynch.

Adelaide's Tom Lynch looks for a teammate in the loss against North Melbourne. Picture: Michael Klein
Adelaide's Tom Lynch looks for a teammate in the loss against North Melbourne. Picture: Michael Klein

The Kangaroos' 12-point win didn't convey their dominance across inside 50s (57-36), clearances (31-19) and stoppages (19-14).

Alex Keath was impressive in defence for Adelaide but it was only matter of time before four-goal spearhead Ben Brown and Jack Ziebell (2) capitalised on ample supply.

"Certainly 36 inside 50s is a really low number for us and across the competition," said Lynch. "We obviously have to get stuck in to rolling the sleeves up and training, because we want to have a few more inside 50s than that.

"It is an area that is really important in the game at the moment; finishing work inside 50 is paramount to success."

Adelaide's attack has been criticised this season but made the most of limited forward entries at Marvel Stadium, with Eddie Betts' three goals the highlight.

"We were quite efficient when we did go forward but the game was predominantly played in our half," said Lynch.

He insisted there would not be a blame game at West Lakes, despite a frustrating start to the season.

The "only way out" of a 1-3 win-loss record was maintaining team "trust".

"The players are a really close, proud group and really want to do well for each other," he said.

"It is important that we stick together."


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