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Young Crow Josh Rachele has just painted a target on himself after “losing his cool” and copping a two-match ban for striking in the loss to GWS, Fox Footy’s Garry Lyon has warned.

Rachele was roughed up by Giant Harry Perryman in the second term, and then copped a stray high shot – again from Perryman – that saw his temper spill over.

When Giant Jack Buckley came in to remonstrate with Rachele, the young Crows forward lashed out with his elbow.

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“It’s a learning for him,” Lyon said of Rachele’s ban On the Couch.

“He just took out a free advertisement, Josh.

“He might as well have done this, got a big sign out and gone, ‘here I can be got at’.

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“He just said to the rest of the footy world, ‘I’m in my second year, I got a little bit of a temper and you can have a go at me and I might even bite’.

“He’s going to have to deal with that now.

“We now will all watch to see how he responds.

“Because I’ll be disappointed if the next time he goes out to play against someone they don’t go to ask the question of him.”

Crows assistant James Rahilly admitted Rachele had overstepped when he went after Perryman in Saturday night’s loss.

“I think he just lost his cool in a moment and that’s something Josh is working on,” he said on Monday.

“He’s really disappointed in himself on such a big occasion for the club.”

Fox Footy’s Nathan Buckley said the Rachele incident proved a “sliding doors moment” for the Crows as they coughed up a five-goal to nil final quarter.

“I reckon the real competitors, the players that play with fire, they step over the line more than a few times but then they learn to moderate it,” the Brownlow Medallist explained.

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“He’s got some go in him.

“Handling this is going to be part of his growth.”

Statistics show the Crows were cruising before Rachele’s crude elbow that saw him seeing red as he was dragged from the field.

Adelaide were +8 contested possessions, 5 marks inside 50 and were +18 points on the scoreboard.

But Rachele’s temper turned the tide.

“I think GWS are playing a really physical brand,” Buckley said.

“There’s not much there but he (Rachele) decides to get after him (Perryman) because he’s trying to square up.

“At this stage, the ball’s in the Adelaide forward line and (Izak) Rankine has got his hands on the ball and he’s about to score.

“(Rachele) got red mist – he’s not thinking about anything.

“This is not all on Josh Rachele but the momentum shifted.

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“An Adelaide side that had them on the ropes, they let them off.

“They let them off the hook – rather than go four goals up in a low scoring game.”

For the last 70 minutes of the contest, the Crows sunk to -5 contested possessions, 2 marks inside 50 and -32 points.

“Probably got the better of me last night which is a bit disappointing, frustrating,” Rachele told 9 NEWS Adelaide.

“It’s just something I’ve got to work with the coaches and move on.

“I think everyone’s got to have that competitive nature … if you don’t have that bit of fire, you’re probably not playing at level. There is a tough line. But there’s a time you’ve got to pull it back too.”

The Crows have accepted Rachele’s ban, meaning he’ll miss this weekend’s clash with Melbourne and the Showdown with Port Adelaide.

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