ADELAIDE coach Phil Walsh has played down Patrick Dangerfield's extended spell on the bench on Thursday night, saying it didn't cost the Crows their clash against Hawthorn at Adelaide Oval.
Dangerfield had an animated discussion with midfield coach Scott Camporeale from the bench during the final quarter of the Crows' 29-point loss as the match slipped away from the home team.
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Walsh said there shouldn't be too much made of the discussion, or the time Dangerfield spent out of the game when he was the in-form midfielder on the ground.
Dangerfield was moved into the forward line for the start of the final term before sitting on the bench for almost five minutes.
"We weren't very happy about our centre bounces in the last quarter, so there was a discussion around one of them," Walsh said post-match.
"It didn't cost us the game, that's footy. I wouldn't read too much into that."
Hawthorn kicked the first three goals of the final quarter, including back-to-back goals from centre clearances.
Dangerfield finished the game with 31 touches and a goal.
Walsh said Dangerfield was moved forward because he was a chance of kicking a goal in the absence of Taylor Walker, who had been subbed out of the game with a corkie.