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My game plan is obvious: Crows AFL coach

Steve Larkin 27/08/2011 10:29:48 AM Comments (0)

Adelaide's caretaker coach Mark Bickley reckons you don't have to be Einsten to work out his tactics.

So the Adelaide mentor is unfazed at his game plan being publicly picked apart by Richmond coach Damien Hardwick ahead of their AAMI Stadium clash on Sunday.

Hardwick noted Bickley's risk-taking style based on quick ball movement and play on at any cost, saying slowing down the Crows was a focal point of the Tigers' pre-game planning.

"You don't have to be Einstein to look at our side in the last four weeks and what we have done," Bickley said.

"And he (Hardwick) has obviously identified that we're playing with speed and trying to move the ball quickly.

"It's one thing to say that and another thing to be able to stop that.

"It's similar when we look at Richmond - they like to move the ball quickly and get it in to Jack Riewoldt and that will be part of our plans, to try to stop that.

"Whether we do it successfully or not, that will be the question."

Bickley, who has logged three wins in four games as Adelaide's interim coach, said Richmond's plans to stop Adelaide could unravel.

"The way they might have to go to slow us down might mean they have to move a little bit away from their game plan," he said.

"At the moment, generally, you might say if we're moving it quickly out of our defence, you might have to play six forwards and man up on our defenders.

"If they do that, one of the things they have been doing really well is they push their forwards up the ground - so they need to make a choice whether they stick with what they do or whether they adjust to try and counter what we do."

Richmond chase a third consecutive win on Sunday with Bickley noting similarities between the clubs: both certain to miss the finals but finishing the season with a flourish.

"We come up against a side which is playing some really spirited football at the moment," Bickley said.

"They have come off two wins in a row andare playing with some vitality, much like us, so I see it as a great opportunity for us to go head to head against them."

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