Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley is defending Ollie Wines after the Power co-captain's lacklustre performance in their AFL loss to the Western Bulldogs.
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley is shielding his co-captain Ollie Wines from the fallout of their AFL capitulation to Western Bulldogs.
Wines had just 12 disposals against the Dogs but Hinkley says Port must collectively take the blame for the 25-point loss which tipped them from the top eight.
"As a collective we weren't good enough, as a team we take the results together," Hinkley told SEN radio on Tuesday.
Wines' disposal tally against the Bulldogs was his lowest since his debut 2013 season, excluding a 2015 game when he was injured early.
But Hinkley expected him to bounce back against arch-rivals Adelaide on Saturday.
"Ollie would be the first one to say he was well below his normal output," he said.
"He has been a pretty consistent player over a long period of time at our footy club.
"He has had a really, really poor game on the weekend.
"Ollie is pretty disappointed in his performance, I have no doubt. And we expect a response from him as the captain of the club."
Port midfielder Tom Rockliff will be recalled to the AFL after collecting 57 disposals in state league ranks last weekend on return from a hamstring strain.
Veterans Justin Westhoff and Paddy Ryder will also be considered after being dumped from the AFL side while suspended duo Dougal Howard and Karl Amon are again available for selection.
"There is plenty of opportunities for us, now we will have to sit down today and reassess where they all fit and what changes we need to make," Hinkley said.