Crows forward Eddie Betts has revealed the message coach Don Pyke gave to his troops at three-quarter time, during the side’s disastrous 91-point loss to Melbourne in Alice Springs on Sunday.
Pyke was evidently furious with his side down 80 points at the third break, and Betts says following his silent stare down to the playing group, the message was simple.
“I think he said, ‘That’s not effort, go speak to your line coaches’,” Betts told Adelaide radio station FIVEaa on Thursday.
“Just by looking in his eyes when he walked out, you could just tell, we were either going to get a whack here or … (silence) says more than a whack, him staring at us, just to see if we’re back focused and if we’re present.
“He came into the huddle and made sure that everyone was still focused, everyone’s still here, everyone’s still present instead of giving up.
“In games like that when you can’t do anything to stop their scoring, you kind of float through the game.
“By the time three-quarter time comes, they’re 15 goals up and you think bloody hell, how am I supposed to stop that.”
Adelaide host GWS this Sunday at Adelaide Oval as they look to bounce back from their dissapointing performance against the Dees.