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Port's Williams praying for a miracle

By Justin Chadwick 03/07/2010 08:49:20 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams admits only a miracle will save his team's season after watching the Power slump to a club record seventh straight AFL loss.

The Power trailed Fremantle by just 10 points at half-time and sensed a chance for victory with the Dockers reduced to just two fit men on the bench for the entire second half.

But Port, like they've done for much of the past two months, simply gave up the fight as Fremantle slammed home nine goals to one after half-time to post the 17.13 (115) to 8.10 (58) win.

The Power could be three games adrift of the top eight by the time they tackle Collingwood at AAMI Stadium next Friday.

But Williams, who earlier in the week conceded only a premiership either this year or next would save his coaching career, claimed he had not given up hope of guiding his team to the finals this year.

"We'll believe that miracles can happen and try our best to win every game and if we do we'll make the finals," Williams said.

"We beat St Kilda (in round five), they had (Nick) Riewoldt out but that's probably all they had out and we had a few out at that stage.

"Our confidence and form and belief in what we do and how we do it is still there.

"We know we have to bide our time and wait for these people to come back to get constant success."

Port Adelaide lost six games on the trot during rounds 13-18 in 2006 but their current run could extend well beyond seven with tough games against Collingwood, Western Bulldogs, Adelaide, Hawthorn and St Kilda to come.

"We've got lots of records one way or the other," Williams said of the losing run.

"If you play enough games you put yourself in line to get negative records and positive ones.

"We are in a situation where everyone's aware of it but the only thing that will fix it is a win.

"There's no doubt they (the players) are extremely disappointed about it.

"But if you look at the tackles and the contested possessions you can see that they're trying.

"Right at the moment we are just not good enough to get the win.

"It's a disappointing time for our club but the fact is we don't just look at this minute or this week or this month, it's about developing our players."

Mitch Banner, David Rodan and Danyle Pearce tried hard for the Power, whose only goal in the second half came just 90 seconds before the final siren when Pearce dribbled home from a tight angle.

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