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Aussie Rules: Nicks rues missed chances in Cats defeat

Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks says his side’s failure to take their chances cost them badly in the 42-point defeat against Geelong.

The Crows are hoping to make the top eight of he AFL this season but they will have to sort their issues in front of goal to have a chance of climbing the ladder.

Missed opportunities

Adelaide remain in 15th spot on the ladder but things may be different if they could take their chances. The Crows had just two less scoring shots than the Cats, but unlike the opposition, they could not take them.

Nicks’ men finished with 7.13 and he was left to rue that statistic when he addressed the media after the game.

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"We had a really good crack at them but we weren't able to put through goals unfortunately and that was the difference in the game in the end," Nicks said.

 It follows on from 9.15 against St Kilda and 9.12 against Brisbane and Nicks says it is clear where their problems sit. They also had the first four scoring opportunities in the game but each one was a behind.

Not polished enough

"We probably had our opportunities early, especially early, where we didn't put scoreboard pressure on and that cost us in that first quarter," Nicks added.

"That's a couple of weeks in a row now we've let ourselves down. From a scoring shots point of view, we gave ourselves a chance but we weren’t quite polished enough."

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