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Fear of AFL spoon won't motivate, Port say

Steve Larkin 11/07/2011 02:57:57 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide won't use fear of the wooden spoon as motivation for the rest of their fruitless AFL season, onballer Robbie Gray says.

The Power, with just two wins, are level with Gold Coast at the foot of the ladder, only percentage saving them from last spot.

Gray said Port players are well aware they're in wooden spoon territory.

"I wouldn't say it's a motivating factor but we definitely wouldn't like to finish on the bottom of the ladder," Gray said on Monday.

"We don't talk about it much or anything. We just focus on week to week and, hopefully, can win a few more games before the end of the year.

"We're definitely aware of it, but it's not something we focus on."

Port defender Jackson Trengove is in doubt for Saturday night's match against Melbourne in Darwin with a burst blood vessel in his right wrist.

The Power slumped to their 13th loss in 15 matches against St Kilda on Sunday, the Saints' intensity in the their 56-point win leaving an impression on Gray.

"It's something I definitely noticed yesterday, especially around the stoppages. Any time you got the ball, they were straight onto you," he said.

"And their defensive pressure was really good, similar to Sydney, it felt like just around the contest.

"They just tackle really hard and it was really hard to get any easy possession.

"Their really good players are starting to play really good footy and they were fantastic. I think they will have a strong second half of the year."

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