Talia - Playing group is really hurting

22 June 2020 18:35:51 GMTPlus10

Defender Daniel Talia says most of Adelaide's players are under-performing, after they suffered a fourth consecutive defeat to start the AFL campaign.

Coach Matthew Nicks admitted after the match it would need to be thrashed out between the whole playing group as to how they would end their slump.

They went down by 53 points to Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium, just a week after being humbled by Port Adelaide by 75 points.

Nicks said the whole playing group had been aware they needed a positive response from such a big defeat at the hands of their big rivals.

They didn't produce it against the Suns, who claimed a maiden victory against them.

Talia labelled the display as "gutting", and added: "The majority of our guys aren't playing their role to the standard needed to win a football game.

"The playing group is really hurting… I don't think I've been in a team this non-competitive. We're under no illusions, we need to get better.

"When you've got your 10 or so best players coming in and not playing well… you can't expect the young guys to carry the side. The senior players need to be the one that drive it."

Talia said he felt sorry for Nicks, adding: "He's doing everything he can to get the group up and when we're serving that up, it's pretty tough."

The Crows will have Rory Atkins sidelined for a while, with the club's head of science and medicine Steve Saunders confirming he had sustained a high-grade AC joint (shoulder) injury.

Adelaide are 23/4 to win their next game against Brisbane, who are 3/25.

The Crows are 91/100 with a 33.5-points start.

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