ADELAIDE has edged Fremantle by 17 points in a low-scoring struggle at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
In a dour contest neither team will want to write home about, the Crows overcame some inaccuracy in front of goal to win 7.9 (51) to 5.4 (34).
Adelaide’s fourth victory for the season pushes it back inside the top eight and level on points with the Dockers.
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Scores were level at 20 points apiece midway through the third term before late goals to Elliott Himmelberg, Lachlan Murphy and Brodie Smith gave the Crows some breathing space at the final change.
Darcy Tucker and Michael Walters gave the Dockers some hope in the last term as they closed to within a goal but the Crows managed to hold firm.
Matt Crouch was superb through the middle with 39 disposals for the winners.
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ADELAIDE 1.3 1.6 5.9 7.9 (51)
FREMANTLE 2.2 2.2 3.2 5.4 (34)
Adelaide: Walker, Greenwood, Himmelberg, Murphy, Smith, Keath, Betts
Fremantle: Tucker 2, Hill, Taberner, Walters
Adelaide: M Crouch, B Crouch, Sloane, Lynch, Ellis-Yolmen, Laird
Fremantle: Fyfe, Mundy, Pearce, Ryan, Langdon, Cerra
Umpires: Donlon, Findlay, Wallace
Official crowd: 42,383 at Adelaide Oval