Port Adelaide ruckman Scott Lycett says the participant group is backing coach Ken Hinkley regardless of the membership’s horror 0-3 begin to the AFL season.
The stress is ramping up on Hinkley after the Energy adopted up their 64-point loss to Hawthorn in spherical two with a four-point defeat to arch rivals Adelaide.
Port Adelaide have been touted as a premiership fancy in the beginning of the season, however they’re now in grave hazard of lacking the finals.
Hinkley is contracted till the tip of 2023.
However Port Adelaide’s 71-point loss to the Western Bulldogs in final 12 months’s preliminary remaining – mixed with the 0-3 begin to this season – means Hinkley is beneath large stress to show issues round shortly.
A loss to defending premiers Melbourne at Adelaide Oval on Thursday night time would depart Port Adelaide at 0-4, however Lycett mentioned Hinkley has the help of the participant group.
“Undoubtedly gamers are all in. We have his again,” Lycett mentioned.
“Everybody cops it at some stage of their profession.
“Take a look at Todd Marshall final week. He was copping it left, proper and centre, after which he got here out and had a extremely good recreation (with 5 targets).
“It is nearly how you are taking it and what you do with it.
“We have been listening to noise and we perceive, however we’ll be seeking to flip it round this week.”
Lycett says his crew is not mentally scarred by final 12 months’s preliminary remaining mauling, and is optimistic the Energy can play finals this season.
“Undoubtedly. I feel we are able to make finals for certain,” he mentioned.
“We have not began effectively, however it’s not about the way you begin, it is about the way you end.
“I might reasonably be performing on the finish of the 12 months than in the beginning. However we perceive we have to get a wriggle on and begin successful some video games.”