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Craig sees light at end of tunnel

By Steve Larkin 08/05/2010 03:12:39 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide coach Neil Craig can see light at the end of the tunnel in a winless, injury cursed AFL season.

And it's not because the Crows expect a breakthrough win against fellow strugglers Richmond at AAMI Stadium on Sunday.

Craig has, for the first time this year, named an unchanged side.

The Crows mentor stuck with the players who led Port Adelaide into three quarter time last week in the hope of achieving continuity at his club.

"We played our best football last week I reckon for the year - for three quarters," Craig said of last week's loss to Port.

"I just felt it was the best football we have played in terms of the level, the intensity, in a tough game of football against a side that is in good form.

"Even though we haven't got our full squad back together, I'm sure this is the first time this year we haven't had any injuries out of it (the week).

"I thought: here's an opportunity, with some of the form we showed, to stay with the 22 that were able to produce and see if we can get some continuity with it."

The Crows have named Bernie Vince, Jason Porplyzia and Brett Burton despite all three missing midweek training with various ailments.

Craig this week altered Adelaide's regime, dropping a match eve session and splitting main training over two days.

"The concept has been put in place for the right reasons to start with and, secondly, just from what I have seen going through one week of it, I have really liked what I have seen," he said.

"The game has changed and we need to do more work but we were finding that one main training session a week is not enough for what we want to do.

"So I'm really interested to see how it unfolds in the next month ... I am more interested in how it is transferred over to game day, whether it's going to be an advantage for us."

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