Adelaide midfielder Rory Laird says his strong individual form is no consolation for the loss against West Coast on Sunday evening.
The Crows put up a spirited fight against the Eagles in the first half but a disappointing second half led to the 42-point defeat at Adelaide Oval.
Laird continued his top individual form to be Adelaide’s top possession-getter, finishing the match with 34 touches, four tackles and four clearances.
But the 27-year-old, who is rated elite with clearances this season (averaging 6.9 per game), says a good team performance is much more important than his individual one.
“Probably the last two weeks I’ve been a bit down, especially around the contest and some of the pressure stuff,” Laird said.
“Along with some other guys, I think we need to pick it up a bit, especially being a leader at the Club and one of the older guys, I need to set an example.
“I’ll look to do that in the next couple of weeks.”
Laird told AFC Media players were frustrated, especially with the poor second half.
“The last half (against the Eagles) was pretty disappointing after a pretty strong first half.
“It was just skill execution that probably let us down in the first quarter.
“Probably from the back half of the third throughout the third we dropped away on our contest and they were able to get through us probably too easily.”
He said a positive to come out of the game was the early connection between the young forwards.
“Fog showed that he can pretty much kick them (goals) from anywhere,” Laird said.
“The young forwards will keep learning and mixing and matching until we find the one (combination) that we like.”