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Goodwin's influence no surprise: Crows

Steve Larkin 11/07/2011 02:21:17 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide AFL wingman David Mackay isn't surprised at Simon Goodwin's instant influence as an Essendon assistant coach.

Goodwin, a favourite son of the Crows, will plot against his former club on Friday night for the first time.

Mackay has no doubt the Bombers will lean on Goodwin's knowledge of the Crows in the AAMI Stadium encounter.

But the Adelaide playmaker doesn't believe Goodwin's inside nous will be match-defining.

"He does know a fair bit about us, being so involved," Mackay said on Monday.

"Simon has obviously got good knowledge of the footy club but having said that, we don't think it's going to make too much of a difference."

Former Essendon assistant Scott Camporeale will also be feeding information in his first-year role as Adelaide midfield coach.

"Goody will be helping them and Campo helping us, I'm not too sure how much of a role it's going to play," Mackay said, adding Goodwin's polished transition into coaching is predictable.

"All reports are that he's had a great influence on their midfield and it's no surprise really," he said.

"He was a great leader while he was at our club. Our young guys certainly learnt a lot from him, so it doesn't really surprise me to see that they're very happy with how he's going."

The Crows, battling in 14th spot with four wins, have a winning streak over Essendon dating back to 2007.

"We are certainly looking to put them under pressure early on and make sure that the crowd gets involved," he said.

"They have obviously had a tough run over here.

"But they're probably a different side than they have been in the last few years which is going to make it difficult for us.

"They have changed a lot of what they are doing."

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