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Nat Edwards, AFL Media  July 10, 2016 5:31 PM

Don Pyke Post-Match: R16 Coach Don Pyke speaks to the media after the Round 16 clash with Carlton
I still think we've got room for improvement,

ADELAIDE coach Don Pyke has issued a warning to the rest of the competition, declaring his side is still yet to discover its best football.

The Crows put in a clinical performance against Carlton on Sunday, notching up their 11th win of the season, and their seventh straight victory.

As a result Pyke's team is now inside the top four for the first time this season, and is beginning to shape as a serious premiership contender.

There don't appear to be too many chinks in the armour of the Crows.

Their attack is the most potent in the competition, while their young defence has made improvements this year, leaking just 82 points per game compared to 90 points last season.

Even without departed superstar Patrick Dangerfield, the Crows are ranked number two for contested possessions, and the third best team for clearances.

But the coach is still demanding improvement, and believes the Crows' best football is yet to come.

"I think we're building," Pyke told reporters after the 60-point win over Carlton.

"I still think we've got room for improvement. They say that self-satisfaction never leads to progress, well that's the reality of the industry.

"If you stand still, the others will go past you, so we've got to keep looking at the review, planning on how we can get better and training it.

"The important part in my eyes is that we're playing good, solid team footy and getting a really even contribution from all of our players which is all we're asking of them and that's really building some confidence."

Self-belief and confidence has been the big change among the playing group this season, according to Daniel Talia.

The key defender told he believed the team was very much a top-four side that will be a danger come September.

"I think that belief is a massive part of where our team has got to," Talia said.

"We do believe we can get into finals and do some damage, but in saying that we just need to keep winning. We are quietly confident in here but we just need to keep playing good footy.

The Crows have a dream run home. They face just two top-eight sides in Geelong and West Coast in their last seven home and away games, and only have to travel twice.

Talia said the team's destiny was in its own hands but was confident the Crows could hold their place in the top four.

Adelaide hosts Collingwood at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.