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Port embark on mission improbable

Steve Larkin 08/04/2011 12:29:02 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus has implored his players to lift their work rate as they embark on the AFL's mission improbable - winning in Geelong.

The Cats have won their past 23 matches on home turf, a streak dating back to 2007.

Few consider Port, losers in their opening two matches, capable of ending Geelong's victory sequence on Sunday at Skilled Stadium.

But Primus said his unfancied outfit would carry some belief into the fixture.

"They (Port players) get a belief by what they have been able to play in patches the last couple of weeks," Primus said on Friday.

"But obviously Geelong is as difficult as it gets, I don't think they have lost down there for quite some time."

Primus said a rise in work rate was needed across the board for Port to challenge the Cats.

"We have certainly put on notice as a coaching group that is what we are looking for," he said.

"We are all about trying to find players and play a style of footy that is going to hold up in big games and is going to hold up eventually in finals footy.

"Last week's performance wasn't indicative of that and we will find out how good we are and what level we need to get to on Sunday.

"They (Geelong) are probably nearly at full strength I'd say, so it's a great test for us and we have got to bounce back.

"And we want to see our ability and our style of play shine through against them and also see what they are going to do against us and see if we can limit their effectiveness."

Primus has summoned Daniel Motlop for the encounter after the controversial forward was overlooked for the season opener for disciplinary reasons.

Motlop kicked five goals for SANFL club North Adelaide last week to win a recall.

"I was more happy with his attitude in the last couple of weeks, not only with us but what he has done when he has gone to North Adelaide, too - they have been really impressed with what he's done," Primus said.

"So along with his form and the way he has held himself and gone about his footy in the last couple of weeks has got him back into the team ... he was able to pull his head in and get on with it."

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