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June 12, 2018 1:01 PM

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 10: Eddie Betts of the Crows reacts after the teams defeat during the 2018 AFL round 12 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Adelaide Crows at Optus Stadium on June 10, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media)

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 10: Eddie Betts of the Crows reacts after the teams defeat during the 2018 AFL round 12 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Adelaide Crows at Optus Stadium on June 10, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media)

Adelaide's loss to Fremantle on Sunday marks the Crows' third consecutive defeat.

The last time the Crows dropped three games in a row was in Rounds 1-3, 2014. Eddie Betts' first three appearances in the tricolours came in those games.

Betts set a new career mark against the Dockers, albeit an unwanted one. The small forward booted 2.6, the most behinds registered in a single game across his 287-game career. He had never kicked more than four behinds in a game prior to Sunday.

Three of those behinds came in the last quarter, in which Adelaide kicked 2.5 to fall short by three points.

The Crows had several opportunities to win the game in the final quarter, spending 15:45 in their forward half compared to 11:06 for the Dockers. 

Adelaide had eight shots on goal that quarter, with all five behinds missing to the right.

The scoreboard wasn’t the only thing close on Sunday, with little separating the two sides in the key indicators.

The Dockers won both the contested possession count (151-150) and clearances (35-34) by one, while inside 50s (50-50) and rebound 50s (40-40) were split evenly.

Fremantle had a round-high 283 uncontested possessions. They also led handballs with 197, with Lachie Neale having 23 himself.

Turnovers proved costly for both teams. Adelaide conceded 4.1 to the Dockers from turnovers in the opening quarter but turned the table in the second term where four of their six goals came from opposition turnovers.

Kicking efficiency was down for both teams in breezy conditions, with Adelaide (58%) slightly below Fremantle (60.4%). 

Adelaide had a round-low tackle count against the Dockers with 54.