Confident Crows to ride winning wave: coach Nicks

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Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks has never seen his players do it better.

But despite witnessing a "complete game" by his Crows, he's tempering any finals talk.

"Form is fickle," Nicks said after Adelaide's 52-point thrashing of St Kilda.

"But we are going to ride this wave because we have got so much confidence at the moment.

"We get our confidence from being competent. We know we can play really good footy but there's a challenge to do it week-in, week-out."

Nicks preached caution at over-reacting.

"We have got to be careful. We're not getting ahead of ourselves," he said.

"We are still a young group and we're working through how to become a really good, consistent, strong team. That is where it sits."

The Crows, with a dozen goalkickers against the Saints, booted their highest score - 19.7 (121) - under Nicks.

They hold eighth spot after topping 100 points for the fourth time this season but the attacking firepower isn't what satisfies Nicks the most.

"Scoring 121 points is a great sign for us but it's where it comes from is the key," he said.

"Our mindset is not about kicking 121 points, that is the bonus on top. We kept them (St Kilda) to 69, that is our mindset.

"If we got a lot of things right today it was going to be our defence and our transition.

"And I thought we nailed that today. That was as good as I have seen us in that space.

"Off the back of that comes the opportunity to score."

Nicks said the wider discussion may shift to Adelaide's prospects of returning to the finals for the first time since 2017 but he'll ignore it.

"People start talking about finals - we're just one week, we go again (then) we go again," he said.

"If we had lost, we were going to lose touch with that top eight.

"Now we find ourselves in it and so now we can keep fighting."