The Adelaide Crows’ nightmare season has gone to a new low in a terrible 12.10 (82) to 4.5 (29) loss to the Gold Coast Suns.
The Suns have traditionally been the AFL’s whipping boys but the club’s fortunes have been turned around in their hub clashes, claiming big wins over the West Coast Eagles and now the Adelaide Crows.
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The result cements the Crows to the bottom of the ladder with a terrible 50.8 percentage and losing their three games so far this season convincingly.
Having made big changes with a list clean out in the off-season, and sacking coach Don Pyke for Matthew Nicks, the Crows moves have not yet paid off with back-to-back thrashings in the two games since the competition emerged from suspension.
While there has been plenty of talk about the culture of the club and former star Andrew McLeod being outspoken in his criticism, the latest performance was a new low for the club.
The Crows took until the final quarter to pass its previous low score of 24, was held goalless in the first quarter for the first time in the Suns’ history, and the first time since 2017 for the Crows, as well as its second lowest halftime score and lowest three-quarter time score.
It was also the Suns’ first ever win over the Crows.
Speaking on Fox Footy, Jon Ralph torched the Crows’ performance.
“They didn’t give a yelp. That was an absolutely unacceptable performance,” Ralph said.
“Look at some of the horrific stats here as well: First scoreless quarter since 2017, second lowest halftime score.
“Look there’s real pressure on Matthew Nicks to get better performances. Quite clearly he’s there for the long haul. That was an abject failure on every count.”
Former Brisbane great and three-time premiership winner Alastair Lynch also savaged the side during the game.
“It’s actually a bit embarrassing, after the week that they’ve had and been smacked in the press, they’re not giving a yelp,” the Fox Footy boundary rider said.
“There’s no voice. There was a bit of a cook between midfielders in the first quarter, but it’s just silent.”
Cameron Mooney added: “We said about Adelaide that they needed to stand up and fight for their footy club, a lot of their players needed to stand up, their older players – and we haven’t seen anything, It’s been all Gold Coast.”
Former Melbourne skipper Garry Lyon also called it “the demise of a once proud and really successful footy club”.
While the AFL was all praise for the Suns’ performance, social media continued to savage the hapless Crows.
Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks admitted he wasn’t sure where to begin the analysis.
“Good question … we’re in a world of hurt at this point – nowhere near the level,” he said. “We’ve got some conversations coming up about why that is.”
The Crows were hammered last week by Port Adelaide in their biggest Showdown defeat and arrived on the Gold Coast with plenty to prove against a side who had just snapped a 19-game losing streak.
“We expected a response and we weren’t able to deliver,” Nicks said. “We’ve got some things to answer. As a midfield, we’ve got work to do.
“There are too many areas at the moment to be angry with one and not the other.”
Nicks was keen to begin the post mortem examination immediately.
“We’ll be in there as soon as … straight into it as a full group,” he said. “We’ll open it up; hopefully, I don’t do too much of the talking … hopefully, I see some vulnerability there.
“We’ll turn it around but, at this point in time, it’s just not acceptable what’s being put out.”
— with AAP