AFL 9 months ago

Déjà vu! Charlie Dixon needs help

  • Déjà vu! Charlie Dixon needs help

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 01: Charlie Dixon of the Power and Trent Cotchin of the Tigers wrestle during the 2017 AFL round 15 match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval on July 01, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

It was a frustrating night for Port Adelaide last Saturday night as they went down to Richmond by 13 points at Adelaide Oval.

The trend of being unable to win games against top eight opposition continues for another week. Poor goal kicking was again an issue for the Power who kicked a deplorable 8.15.

The Power is currently ranked 14th in the competition for overall goal scoring accuracy. A combination of easy misses and poor ball movement forward of centre has been a long-term issue.

It seems obvious that the forward line is structurally requiring someone who can provide a scoreboard impact while also taking some pressure off Charlie Dixon who is continuing to work hard for little scoreboard reward.

Brett Eddy, Dougal Howard and Angus Monfries are all options that should come into selection calculations.

Against Richmond the Power had 68 inside 50s which was the most of any AFL team in round 15 but only eight goals to show for it.

Charlie’s decline

Charlie Dixon has had a good year to date but Ken Hinkley needs to consider what happened last year to ensure history does not repeat.

Dixon played one of his best games at AFL level in last year’s round 10 clash with Melbourne when he booted five goals but statistically the rest of the season went downhill.

The ex -Gold Coast Sun only kicked four goals from his last eight matches last year and this included no goals in the last four games of the season.

2017 is starting to tread a slightly familiar path. Dixon has only kicked three goals from his last four games since his four goal haul against Hawthorn in round 11.

The Power’s scoring is also on the slide with only one score over 100 points from their last six games.

The Port Adelaide coaching panel is determined to keep telling anyone that will listen the value of forwards who apply defensive pressure.

That may indeed be true but there is also value in forwards who take marks and kick goals. Some key-forward support may just be the tonic to get Charlie Dixon bagging goals again.

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