Matthew Primus
Matthew Primus

Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus believes patience rather than indiscriminate axe-wielding and sweeping statements will be the key to the Power moving forward following Sunday's disappointing 27-point loss to Fremantle at AAMI Stadium.

The final margin greatly flattered Port, but Primus maintains the direction the club is headed in is the right one.

"You've got a list, you've got to work with them," Primus said.

"At the end of the year we'll see who are the players that are going to take us forward.

"I don't hear (Richmond coach) Damien Hardwick, (Essendon coach) James Hird or (Essendon assistant) Bomber Thompson saying that if players don't do this, they'll be shown the door and moved on.

"You can't just not have patience all of a sudden and go bang, that's it, we've had enough, because you don't have another 40 players to bring in.

"We do believe in these players."

Primus rightly labelled Port's disastrous and often calamitous 1.3 to 6.7 first half as the side's worst of 2012, but was buoyed by the strong way the Power closed the match out and added respectability to the scoreboard with a dominant 4.5 to 2.0 fourth term.

"No doubt (it was Port's worst first half of 2012), by a fair way," Primus said.

"I thought the pressure and defensive application from Fremantle was very good.

"Our ability to win first hands in the first quarter was below Fremantle and our ability to move the ball in the first quarter was below Fremantle's.

"The second half we were able to then get our hands on the ball and then start to dictate the game a little bit.

"In the last quarter we played the game like we love to play it, especially against Fremantle.

"I'm proud of the way the guys fought out the second half ... if we'd have gone back to last year, we're losing that by 100-120 points.

"They were able to fight it out.

"To their (Dockers') credit they were a lot better in the first half and the game was done and dusted by then.

"We'll have a look at that (strong finish), but we certainly won't gloss over the first half, especially the first quarter."

Primus insists his side has improved markedly on last season's fateful campaign and believes his team will be better again next year.

"We're better than what we were last year, but still not good enough," Primus said.

"We're still demanding a high standard.

"By the end of the year we'll be a better team than we were at the start of the year.

"That's going to hold us in good stead into the future."


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