Crows coach says improvement needed

Where most AFL pundits see a premiership contender, Adelaide coach Don Pyke sees faults.

The Crows have risen to third spot and are on an eye-catching seven-game winning streak but Pyke sees some trends in his side which need addressing.

“I’m not going to go into detail about what they are. But there’s some things there that don’t really worry us, but things we want to keep improving,” Pyke told reporters on Wednesday.

“We’re in a high intensity, really full-on competition, and we can’t be self-satisfied at all. We have got to keep looking for ways to get better.

“We are not sitting here being satisfied with what we have achieved. We recognise we have had some good wins, we have put ourselves in a good spot.

“But the game changes really quickly so we can’t sit back and overly reflect.”

Pyke’s Crows host Collingwood on Saturday and again will be without half-back Luke Brown, sidelined by a groin injury for a second week.

Brown is one of few injury concerns at Adelaide, who have used a league-low 27 players this season.

And while the Crows are certain finalists, Pyke said he won’t tinker with his side for the remainder of the season.

“We will select according to form, we’re not going to try and be too cute,” he said.

“Continuity is always important – continuity not only in playing but in training.

“Credit goes to (fitness coach) Brett Burton and our high performance team … we have had some fortune along the way, you don’t end up with less injuries without having some good fortune.

“But credit to those guys for the program they have put in place.”

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