Crows aiming to step up a gear against Hawks

ADELAIDE coach Phil Walsh has urged his players to put the pedal to metal in tonight's clash with Hawthorn at the Adelaide Oval.

The Crows, 6-4 and seventh on the ladder, could drop out of the top eight for the first time this season if they lose a second-straight match at home, and Richmond and Geelong record wins on the weekend.

Walsh said his side needed to be at its daring best to defeat the premiers, which will be a high intensity game.

"This is Formula 1 footy," Walsh said. "If you want to drive safe, you're going to finish last. To ultimately win games, the way teams defend now, you have to go back to a braver ball movement."

The Crows have been buoyed by the re-signing of Rory Sloane and Richard Douglas, who is expected to return from an ankle injury.

The Hawks (also 6-4) are set to regain premiership stars Will Langford (calf) and Paul Puopolo (foot), though Grant Birchall (ankle) will be held back.

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