PORT ADELAIDE SANFL coach Matthew Lokan has summed up Saturday’s loss to Woodville West Torrens as a “disappointing day”.
The Magpies were blown away in the second half by the Eagles, and Lokan said his side just wasn’t good enough after the long break.
“To the Eagles' credit they played a really strong brand of football and obviously blew us out of the water, especially in the second half,” he said.
“We weren't good enough. We got beat up around the contest, especially in the second half and they were able to capitalise going forward and it was a disappointing day.”
Port trailed by just a goal at half-time, before being down by 36 at the final break.
“Certainly in the first half our pressure kept us in the game, especially in our front half we made a rule focus to stop their key defenders and their intercept marks and our ability to bring the ball to ground was really good, but you can't beat a side like the Eagles by playing a half of footy,” Lokan said.
The Magpies were missing captain Cam Sutcliffe, Sam Mayes and Boyd Woodcock from the side which beat West Adelaide a fortnight earlier and featured just nine AFL-listed players in the loss to the Eagles.
“Probably not enough gets mentioned that how young our actual group is,” he said.
“Yes, we've got some AFL-listed guys, but the youth in our group is exciting for our football club.
“Unfortunately, a day like today does happen at a time when you're young.
“We obviously weren't good enough today and we'll learn from that and move on. We've got a really important next two weeks with North and Sturt.
“In the context of our season, we have to review it really heavily because that's part of development is to be able to go over a game like that and understand what happened.”
Port Adelaide next takes on Sturt on Sunday at Alberton Oval.