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Bombers face tough Adelaide task

Roger Vaughan 10/07/2011 01:32:47 PM Comments (0)

Now they've won again at the MCG, Essendon have an even bigger venue assignment to conquer when they face Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

Saturday night's stunning second-half turnaround against Richmond gave the Bombers a 39-point win, the first time they had left the MCG a happy team since May last year.

Essendon have become notorious as a team that struggles to win away from Etihad Stadium.

Coach James Hird noted they had also beaten Brisbane at the 'Gabba this year, but AAMI Stadium has always been a black hole for Essendon.

The Bombers have only won six times at the venue and their most recent win there was against the Crows in round one, 2007.

Essendon have lost their last five matches in Adelaide and the Crows will fancy their chances, having smashed them by 96 points in the 2009 elimination final and then cruising to a an 84-point hiding in round 14 last year.

But the Bombers will go into the match with growing confidence.

While they were far from their best, especially early in the third term, they used relentless tackling to bring themselves back into the match and eventually overwhelmed the Tigers.

Hird said it was another lesson they had taken out of the five-game losing streak that ended with last week's upset win over Geelong.

"You get criticised for losing five games, as you should, but out of losses like that you need to learn a lot," Hird said.

"This week, it was more about how to hang in a game when things aren't going the way you want them to go.

"We didn't play great football, but we were still able to come back and hang around the game."

Hird also praised tall utility Michael Hurley, who kept Jack Riewoldt to one goal and played out the game despite a knee to the ribs from team-mate Kyle Hardingham in the third term.

Hird expects Hurley, Travis Colyer (head knock) and Heath Hocking (glute) to be ready for the Crows match.

"Michael did a fantastic job all night, forward and back, created a couple of goals for us, stopped goals all night," Hird said.

"As I've said a number of times, if Michael is playing in the back line, he's terrific for us, if he's playing in the midfield he'd be terrific for us and if he plays in the forward line he's terrific for us.

"I can't speak highly enough of Michael Hurley and the character and person he is."

Richmond rallied well after last week's 103-point disaster against Carlton, but paid for too many turnovers.

"The simple turnovers are the ones that cost us," coach Damien Hardwick said.

"We're better than that, they shouldn't still be in our game.

"We just have to remained composed, train it out and get it better."

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