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Crows believe in game plan: coach Pyke

AAP logoAAP 6/09/2016 By Steve Larkin

Coach Don Pyke says his belief in Adelaide's game plan hasn't been dented by a shock last-round AFL loss.

The Crows blew a chance to finish in the top four and gain a coveted double chance in the finals when downed by West Coast in the last minor round game,

But Pyke says he's firmly believes the Crows' attacking style can flourish in their finals campaign, which opens with an elimination bout against North Melbourne at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.

"We are not about to jump at shadows and change things," Pyke told reporters on Tuesday.

"We have got to this position because we have played a particular way, the players have played true to their trademark on the way through.

"(There is) the temptation to think you have got to reach for something substantially different.

"We think that we're capable of producing good footy which will stand up in finals and that's the challenge, without trying to create something unique or extra special.

"It's often just doing what you do, doing it better, and doing it for longer against quality opposition."

Pyke will summon vice-captain Rory Sloane (suspension) and rebounding defender Brodie Smith (concussion) for the knockout final against the Kangaroos.

And he hoped lingering concern over backmen Kyle Cheney (groin) and Luke Brown (soreness) would be extinguished at Adelaide's main training session on Wednesday.

Adelaide enter the elimination final as overwhelming favourites against a North side which limped into the finals - the Roos won just two of their past 11 games.

But Pyke said his focus would be on the North Melbourne that won nine consecutive matches to start their season.

"They haven't had the best back-end of the season. But they won nine games in a row to start the year so we know what they're very capable of," Pyke said.

"They have got some high-quality individuals and they have got some really proud individuals who have got great history at their footy club."

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