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Crows coach rejects Victorian hoodoo

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Steve Larkin, Adelaide

Brenton Sanderson.

Brenton Sanderson. Photo: Getty Images

ADELAIDE coach Brenton Sanderson said he is ignoring his club's losing streak in Melbourne ahead of today's clash against Carlton at Etihad Stadium.

The Crows have not won in the Victorian capital since 2009, when they beat the Blues in round 22.

But Sanderson, who has Adelaide in third spot with six wins and a loss in his debut season as a head coach, said the past record was irrelevant to him.

''Not winning in Melbourne is a tricky one for me because I have just come into the job,'' he said.

''And we have had good wins on the road already - we have beaten Sydney away, we beat Gold Coast away in round one.

''So it doesn't matter which border you cross, it's still an away game and we would like to think we go well on the road.

''The Melbourne hoodoo, I won't be talking about it with the players.

''We don't play too many games at Etihad, but you would think it would suit our game style - the way that we're playing at the moment, that won't hold too many fears for us.''

Sanderson was more concerned with quelling a star-studded Carlton, which sits in fourth place after last week's loss to St Kilda.

''Their best is almost unbeatable,'' he said. ''The Carlton side when they're up and about, their ability to win inside ball and get you on the outside with speed - that is the main area that we're looking to focus on.''

The Crows, who lost the competition's leading goalkicker Taylor Walker to suspension, enter the match with an extra two days rest than the Blues.

''Once they bounce the ball, it doesn't mean much,'' Sanderson said. ''But what we have been doing is running games out really well.

''We have been scoring heavily in the back half of quarters so you would think if we keep putting speed on the game, that has been suiting and hopefully we can exploit that again on the weekend.''

AAP

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