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Aussie Rules: Van Berlo demands Crows response

Adelaide assistant coach Nathan van Berlo says it is important the players learn some harsh lessons following a 59-point mauling against Greater Western Sydney.

The Crows are priced at 6/1 to finish in the top eight and were on something of a roll before they came unstuck against a struggling GWS side at the weekend.

Hunters become the hunted

After winning three of the last four games going in to the GWS clash, the Crows were the team to beat, and the Giants did just that.

Van Berlo believes there could have been a change in mindset and the Crows players struggled with being the hot fancies going in to the game.

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"You almost become the hunted sometimes versus the hunter and that sort of mindset (change) can be ever so slight," van Berlo told reporters on Monday.

"To the Giants' credit on the weekend, when their backs were to the wall, they came out and really punched us in the face early in that game and we weren't able to respond until the game was well and truly done.

"We felt we had a good preparation last week and we were well aware of what was coming from the Giants and we didn't execute, so really disappointed with the result."

Harsh lessons

Van Berlo says it is now important that the Crows players learn from their mistakes and come bouncing back when they face Carlton on Sunday.

"Really disappointed with that intent, so we have to make sure we prepare mentally, physically, as best we can going into every game,” he added.

"And it's a good learning, not that we want to learn every week, but for a young group it's important that we acknowledge that and learn from it."

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