Port Adelaide vice-captain Ollie Wines says there is no “doom mindset” at his AFL membership regardless of taking one other beating from a top-four contender.
The Energy sit in fifth spot on the ladder with solely 5 losses – however 4 of these defeats have come in opposition to sides above them.
The most recent, a 31-point drubbing from Melbourne final Thursday night time, adopted earlier losses to the Western Bulldogs, Brisbane and Geelong.
“We aren’t in any means in a doom mindset,” Wines instructed reporters on Thursday.
“We’re fifth on the ladder. We’re nicely and actually within the hunt for a top-four end.
“We do not have to show issues round a lot … sure, we’ve got been off our recreation in opposition to the top-four sides.
“However we’ve got nonetheless received 11 video games this yr and we expect we’ve got a little bit of momentum for the final six video games.
“Significantly in opposition to these good sides, we’re having lapses in video games the place we’re getting tipped over and groups are operating over us.
“It is nonetheless a technical factor of us not executing all through a recreation. We’ve got the cattle to get it performed, it is about execution.”
Wines referred to as on his teammates to indicate their metal amid the continued absence of two key items of what the Energy hope could possibly be a premiership puzzle.
Small forwards Robbie Grey (knee, 4 weeks) and recruit Orazio Fantasia (knee, three weeks) are nonetheless a while from returning to bolster Port’s assault.
“Groups clearly determine you out after you could have performed much more video games and there’s a lot extra imaginative and prescient to plan in opposition to you,” he mentioned.
“The opposite factor is, we’re nonetheless lacking a number of items – Orazio Fantasia, Robbie Grey – actually necessary ahead items that create that ball motion and create these choices all through the hall and centre of the bottom.
“So we simply must knuckle down and get by till these guys are prepared to come back again so as to add their greatest components of their recreation.”
The Energy are scheduled to play St Kilda in Melbourne on Saturday night time however Wines mentioned the membership remained on standby for fixture adjustments due to coronavirus outbreaks.
“From the very first time this (coronavirus) began, we’ve got made a degree that we’re going to be fluid and regulate to the state of affairs,” he mentioned.
“We’ve got performed that and we’re nonetheless open to that.
“We’ll do something we will to maintain the season operating and provides ourselves one of the best alternative of getting a crack at it in September.”