PREMIERSHIP coach Paul Roos has labelled Port Adelaide as “almost the biggest underachieving footy team” of the past five season, while Melbourne champion Garry Lyon has claimed Power players whinge too much.
The Power’s top four hopes took a massive hit on the weekend, going down to the GWS Giants by 22 points at the Adelaide Oval. It was Port’s second consecutive disappointing performance after losing to Fremantle by nine points the week before.
While the Power remained in fifth spot on the ladder, it meant they fell back to the chasing pack that includes the Giants, Melbourne, Geelong, Hawthorn and North Melbourne.
“That’s a big test for Port on the weekend and they failed that test,” Roos told Fox Footy’s On The Couch.
After reaching the 2014 preliminary final against Hawthorn — and coming within three points of making the Grand Final — the Power’s best result since was reaching the 2017 elimination final, which they’d lose in thrilling extra time circumstances to the Eagles.
Roos said the Power had significantly underachieved this decade, considering how well set up they were to have a crack at a premiership.
“We’re talking five years they haven’t got back to a prelim, they certainly haven’t got to a Grand Final. This is almost the biggest underachieving footy team in the last five years, with the talent they’ve got,” Roos said.
Lyon said he’d been particularly disappointed by the demeanour of Port players on the field this season, claiming they complained too much.
“They’re an emotional bunch, Port Adelaide — and they whinge,” Lyon said.
“I’ve never seen so many blokes throw their arms out at umpires’ decisions and think they’re the most hard done by group going around … (Chad) Wingard, (Charlie) Dixon, Tommy Rockliff’s always got plenty to say.
“Now’s the time, boys. There’s five weeks to go, you’ve got enough talent to finish in the top four, stop worrying about everyone else, put your head over the footy and start to play the footy we know you can.”
Roos said there was “an enormous amount of talent” on the Port Adelaide list, which is why the club deserves to be under the microscope, according to Lyon.
“That’s their problem. We see the talent and we go ‘how good are they’ then the reality is far (from that), so something’s happening,” Lyon said.
The Power have a tricky run home over the remaining five rounds of the season, with games against the Western Bulldogs, Adelaide, West Coast, Collingwood and Essendon.
Lyon said Ken Hinkley’s men had a golden opportunity to prove their doubters wrong.
“The challenge for them is it’s still there for them,” he said.
“The opportunity for them to finish top four and absolutely contend is still there — if they’re as good as some of them think they are.”
Source : Foxsports