Win brings relief for North Melbourne coach Brad Scott
Relieved North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says the Kangaroos' first win of the season took a weight of the collective shoulders at the club.
After an extremely profligate first half in which they kicked 3.10, North came from 20 points down at the 10-minute mark of the third quarter to overrun Adelaide on Saturday night, winning by 12 points on the back of four goals from spearhead Ben Brown.
Relief: North Melbourne got their first win of the season against the Crows on Saturday night.Credit:AAP
“It’s a relief, because the pressure builds on everyone, that’s just natural because it’s an intense competition and you don’t want the competition to get too far away from you either,” Scott said.
“The competition’s pretty tight. There’s going to be a lot to play out in 2019. The challenge for us, while it’s probably easy to say, is to keep building the style of footy we want to play.”
An incident involving Luke McDonald is set to be assessed by match review officer Michael Christian after the defender made a late hit on Adelaide’s Chayce Jones in the first quarter. Jones missed the rest of the game after failing a concussion test.
McDonald also played sore with an ankle complaint, but completed the game.
Scott said the win should provide his team confidence ahead of the Good Friday clash with a resurgent Essendon side.
Adelaide coach Don Pyke acknowledged that the Crows had a lot to work on, having lost the inside 50 count 57-36 en route to their third loss in four games.
"Clearly we’re not playing to our capacity,” Pyke said.
“At the moment we’re losing contests … and when we’re trying to move the ball we’re clearly not efficient with the ball, we’re making skill errors. We just had a conversation around what that actually looks like, what’s causing that.
“We’ve got to roll up our sleeves and go to work. There’s no easy way out of this.”
Asked about contentious free kicks paid to Brown, Pyke said that the umpires weren’t the reason the Crows lost.
“There [were] a couple of interesting [frees] in the ruck tonight,” Pyke said.
“A couple of [centre bounce] ones which we might get come clarity on. But that’s the ebb and flow of the game.”
Hugh Greenwood and Bryce Gibbs both played well in the SANFL on Saturday and will be considered for next Sunday’s meeting against Gold Coast at Adelaide Oval. The match will be Eddie Betts’ 300th.
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