Port to examine AFL scars from Bulldogs

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Port Adelaide players will examine any lingering scars caused by the Western Bulldogs as they prepare for their latest AFL clash.

The Power were trounced by the Dogs by 71 points in a preliminary final in Adelaide last season when Ken Hinkley's side entered hot favourites.

Before the rematch at Adelaide Oval this Friday night, Port will address any ongoing effects from the finals defeat.

"We would be naive to think there is not something there," Port assistant coach Brett Montgomery told reporters on Monday.

"And really, there should be something. The issue is how you respond.

"That is something we will discuss during the week, where do we sit on that (preliminary final loss).

"That is well worth a discussion."

But Montgomery dismissed revenge as being on Port's Friday night menu.

"With where this group sits today, it won't be revenge," he said.

"We're not in that conversation today and we're not at that position with how our season has unfolded.

"This is another big game ... I don't think you will find in our camp that it will be built up anymore than it is, another opportunity to win.

"Where we sit today, we don't have the luxury to look back and see this match as a revenge game."

The Power lost their initial five games -- their worst start to a season -- before notching consecutive wins, the most recent a one-point escape over St Kilda in Cairns on Saturday night.

In a low-scoring thriller, Port came from 14 points down to pip the Saints who scored 10 consecutive behinds in a wayward and costly peiod of the game.

"We showed maturity to be there all the way to the end," Montgomery said.

"While we were not getting the scoreboard nourishment we felt we were playing the right way."

Port have confirmed key forward Charlie Dixon is set to make his comeback from an ankle injury in state league ranks this weekend.

Dixon hasn't played a game at any level this season after undergoing ankle surgery in early February.

He also required a month ago to remove scar tissue in the joint.

Fellow forward Orazio Fantasia, also yet to feature this campaign after off-season knee surgery, is about a fortnight from returning.

The Power hold hopes Mitch Georgiades will overcome a calf injury suffered in the win over the Saints in time to play this weekend.

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