North Melbourne might have been guilty of attempting to run before they could walk this AFL season, but it's a mistake they won't be making again.
The handbrake is back on at Arden Street after their round one shellacking by Fremantle and the two losses that followed.
The Kangaroos won their first match of the season last Saturday night, beating Adelaide in a clash that coach Brad Scott said showcased "the brand that we want to play".
Given North kicked just nine goals in that affair, it's likely a shutdown could be on again on Friday against free-scoring Essendon.
The Bombers have booted 37 goals in their last fortnight; well more than any other club.
Speaking on Tuesday, Scott conceded he might have erred in his early-season tactical approach but felt happier with their gameplan now.
"We were looking to attack and score more but we conceded 144 points in the first round," he said.
"That's certainly unsustainable so we made a quick adjustment.
"We still believe that to be a really good consistent team you've got to be able to score. We'll certainly be looking to do that
"But (we're) trying to get as much balance in our game as possible."
Scott said "there's a little bit in altering our defence" to counter Essendon's specific forward-line threats; including Joe Daniher.
Essendon have yet to reveal whether their spearhead will play his first match of 2019 in the Good Friday affair.
"Our intel is that he'll play," Scott said.
"We did the calculations when he first announced his injury and realised it fell right when we played them.
"We'll plan for Joe and even though he's had a limited preparation we'll plan for Joe at his best.
"We've got the other challenges of (Anthony) McDonald-Tipungwuti, (Orazio) Fantasia, (Jake) Stringer. They've got a lot of firepower.
"We're going to need to restrict supply to stand up defensively."
With Luke McDonald heading to the tribunal on Tuesday night, Sam Wright could come into the Kangaroos squad.
"It's fortunate we've got Sam Wright with VFL games under his belt now and selected ready to play AFL if selected," Scott said.
"We rested Bailey Scott. There's another one who's available to play.
Ben McKay will be fit after getting the all clear from a foot injury suffered in the VFL, while Tom Murphy will be out with an ankle issue.
Scott said the club expected the Good Friday clash would be a sellout.
Australian Associated Press