Adelaide must find a way to bring their fast-paced running game in order to succeed in the AFL finals, star midfielder Rory Sloane says.West Coasts ability to stifle the Crows run and spread played a key role in their 29-point victory at Adelaide Oval on Friday.The Eagles comfortably won the midfield battle and were able to slow down the Crows, forcing them to kick long to a contest which allowed West Coasts defenders to rack up intercept marks.Sloane was forced to watch from the coaching box after being slapped with a one-week suspension for accidentally striking Ports Brad Ebert.While it was frustrating to see the game unfold from above, Sloane says his vantage point made it easy to see where the Crows were going wrongIt wasnt so much the contested ball, it was more the stuff from stoppages and their spread away from them that got us, Sloane told AAP.As we know, finals means contested footy, so were certainly going to have to make sure thats right at the top of our game.But its also our spread. Weve really got to take the game on as well, that certainly has to be at a high level because thats when weve played our best footy.Sloane says hes raring to return for the Crows home elimination final against North Melbourne on Saturday September 10.Defender Brodie Smith is likely to face the Kangaroos after being sidelined with concussion, while winger Paul Seedsman (corked buttock) is also a chance to return.Smith looms as a key cog in the Crows running game, providing more rebounds out of the backline and more inside-50s than any of his teammates this year.North Melbournes lacklustre record in the second half of the season - winning just two of their last 11 games - suggests the Crows will start short-priced favourites to win.But Sloane says he rates the Kangaroos big-bodied midfielders and wont be underestimating their potential to turn the contest.Theyve got some of the strongest inside mids in the comp ... they love hunting the contested ball, he said.Thats what finals is, and if they get first use to their big forwards, they can be very dangerous as well.Sloane has been in career-best form since replacing Patrick Dangerfield as anchor of the Crows midfield, averaging 26 disposals, five clearances and seven tackles per game this year.The 26-year-olds suspension left him ineligible for the Brownlow medal, with former teammate Dangerfield favourite to claim the award. 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