North Melbourne coach David Noble has urged the Kangaroos to develop more resilience as they chase a rare AFL win on Sunday.
The cellar-dwellers will host Adelaide at Marvel Stadium, nine days after a humiliating 128-point defeat at the hands of the Western Bulldogs in their marquee Good Friday game.
Despite the lopsided scoreline, North were in the contest until midway through the second term but fell apart after a disallowed goal to Nick Larkey, which would have cut the margin to five points.
“We expect to respond as a club,” Noble said.
“The Larkey turnaround seemed to have a bit of an impact with a young team.
“We can’t just be conditional to having things go our way all the time.
“You are in a battle, it is a territory sport. We have got to be better than having something like that totally derail us for a period of time.”
North thrashed the Crows by 69 points in the corresponding match last season, but the teams have changed considerably since.
Adelaide are gunning for a sixth win in eight starts after ending a disastrous 2020 with three victories from their final four games.
Noble has taken the reins amid a giant rebuild at Arden St after dumping 11 players from the list after the end of last season.
The Kangaroos regain reigning best-and-fairest winner Luke McDonald, but will be without experienced midfielder Jed Anderson, who will miss up to two months because of ankle surgery.
Adelaide captain Rory Sloane will be missing for up to four weeks as he undergoes surgery to fix a serious eye issue.
His predecessor, Taylor Walker, has turned back the block with 17 goals from three games this season and will look to exploit an under-sized Kangaroos defence.