Adelaide coach Don Pyke is dismissing his membership’s Geelong hoodoo as he searches for a substitute for injured utility Wayne Milera for Friday evening’s AFL recreation.
Milera is battling a again criticism and received’t make the journey to Geelong, the place Adelaide haven’t received in 15 seasons – a truth Pyke deems irrelevant.
“It’s attention-grabbing the idea of a hoodoo as a result of most likely a 3rd of our crew have most likely by no means performed there,” Pyke informed reporters on Wednesday.
“It’s unusual the best way it really works … and the truth is this stuff exist for a purpose.
“I have a look at it and go ‘It’s a very new occasion, a very totally different crew’.
“The bottom is barely totally different however not majorly totally different to the place we play.
“Our mentality is we’re not fearful about these issues. We management what we will management, which will probably be our effort on Friday evening.”
Pyke mentioned for his Crows to fulfil their ambitions of being in premiership competition, they have to win on the street.
“We’re aspirational,” he mentioned.
“We wish to be a part of this (premiership race). And to be a part of it, you’ve got to win away from house and we get a chance Friday evening.
“We recognise we’re going throughout to play an excellent aspect at house and we perceive the extent of effort we have to convey.”
The fifth-placed Crows have returned from their bye however linkman Tom Lynch has didn’t get well from a calf harm which compelled him out of their final recreation.
Pyke confirmed novice ahead Elliott Himmelberg would exchange fellow attacker Josh Jenkins, who’s sidelined for as much as six weeks due to a knee harm.
Jenkins’ ailment comes because the Crows acquire some critical traction with seven wins from their previous 9 video games, after dropping two of their preliminary three.
“Our numbers early from a contest viewpoint had been actually poor, we had been getting crushed in contested ball,” Pyke mentioned.
“And people numbers have rotated. Within the final 9 weeks, we’ve have been within the high two or three within the contest.
“That has been a transparent focus for us and that has allowed us to not solely win our share but additionally get some subject place in opposition to opposition.
“And that’s going to be vital on Friday evening. We play one other actually robust contested aspect in Geelong who’re actually environment friendly going ahead.”