Walker demands “passion” and "heart” to salvage Adelaide's slim finals hopes

SEN - Mon, 19th Aug 2019 - 0 Comments

Adelaide co-captain Taylor Walker says his side must be prepared to “roll the sleeves up” if they’re to beat the Western Bulldogs on Sunday and keep their slim finals hopes alive.

Heading into the must-win clash at Ballarat, the Crows have lost six of their last eight matches following last week’s 66-point thrashing to Collingwood.

They must beat the Dogs, rely on arch-rivals Port Adelaide not beating Fremantle by a bigger margin and hope Hawthorn lose to West Coast if they're to feature in September.

"I hope blokes are ready to roll their sleeves up because we're still a chance to play finals," Walker told reporters.

"We need to play with a bit of heart and a bit of passion and play for each other and play for the guernsey.

"I'm shattered that we're producing what we are because I know we're capable of playing better footy."

The forward says all and sundry are under pressure with the Crows in danger of missing the finals for a second straight year after making the Grand Final in 2017.

“It’s bloody hard to put your finger on it,” Walker added.

"It’s a simple game, but it’s a complex game as well so we’ll endeavour to finish off the year well and play some really good Crows football.

“There’s pressure on everybody at the footy club, I think. We’re not performing the way we want to and with that comes pressure. We’ll be all right, we’ll get out of it.”

Adelaide coach Don Pyke – who is contracted until the end of 2021 – will come under pressure if they Crows finish outside the top eight once again.