Winless Bombers chase win against Crows

Stand-in Essendon coach Blake Caracella is assured the Bombers are heading in the right direction as they try and keep away from going 0-4 for the primary time since 1967.

Caracella, a star in Essendon’s final premiership again in 2000, will fill-in for Ben Rutten towards Adelaide on Sunday after the Bombers coach was pressured into the AFL’s coronavirus protocols.

The Crows will head to Marvel Stadium buoyed by an after-the-siren win over arch-rivals Port Adelaide final week.

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Making issues tougher for the Bombers is star Jake Stringer being dominated out of the match with a hamstring challenge, persevering with his injury-plagued begin to the season.

James Stewart (calf) and Tom Cutler (virus protocols) are additionally out, whereas Alec Waterman, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher and Will Snelling return to the aspect.

Caracella is optimistic Essendon can flip their season round after a tough opening three video games towards Geelong, the Brisbane Lions and Melbourne.

It has been a brutal actuality verify for the Bombers after they performed finals final yr and a few specialists tipped them to rise into premiership rivalry.

“We have had three large video games to this point, all top-four groups from final yr, however other than the Geelong sport we have been aggressive,” Caracella advised reporters.

“We have been patchy with our type however I do know we’re getting higher.

“We all know we’re a extremely younger crew with Zach Merrett, Kyle Langford and Michael Hurley out, however we’re rising.”

Adelaide will deliver again former captain Taylor Walker after serving his six-game ban for making a racist remark a few SANFL opposition participant final yr.

The Crows’ social media crew excitedly welcomed again the veteran ahead with a jubilant publish this week, one thing Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks referred to as “disappointing”.

“We’re individuals, individuals make errors however that was an enormous miss,” Nicks mentioned.

Walker comes straight again into the line-up with none match apply since final yr, however Nicks believes the 31-year-old is match sufficient.

“To have Tex again into that ahead line for us, on a sport day, it is in regards to the expertise forward of the ball,” Nicks mentioned.

“He cannot have performed any extra from a health perspective apart from enjoying video games.”

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