Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says he won’t lose trust in his players despite the Power’s poor start to the 2015 season.
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The Power suffered their fifth loss of the season after going down to Richmond by 33 points at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
The loss was Port’s third in a row and drops last year’s preliminary finalists to 13th on the ladder.
Despite the clash being Kane Cornes’ 300th and last game in the AFL, the Power could not recover from their poor start, handing Richmond a much-needed four points.
Hinkley said his players’ belief had disappeared, but vowed to get his side’s season back on track.
“You can fluff and mess around and say it was this or it was that but tonight we played the game a little bit more the way we’d like to play it: in our half, got the entries right, got front of centre turnovers right – then our skill just went horrendous,” Hinkley is quoted as saying by AFL.com.au.
“The composure sometimes comes with more belief and at the moment the belief’s disappeared a little bit, we’ve just got to keep fighting to find it.
“I said to the boys just now as I left them that you need to turn up tomorrow morning and be thorough about everything you do in preparation for the next game of footy.
“I’m not going to sit here and pretend I’ve got a crystal ball that can predict when we’re going to get it right – I predict that we’re going to work to get it right.
“I’ve got great belief in this group and I won’t lose that, I’ll never lose that.”
Port travel to Melbourne next week to face the Demons who will go into the clash full of confidence following their win over the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.