Port frustrated at inconsistency: Voss

Port Adelaide are 8-8 for the season after their heavy defeat to the Lions in round 17.
Port Adelaide are 8-8 for the season after their heavy defeat to the Lions in round 17.

Frustrated Port Adelaide coaches promise yet another forensic examination of reasons behind the inconsistency cruelling their AFL season.

Port slid to ninth on the ladder after Sunday's loss to Brisbane and they remain without consecutive wins since rounds five and six.

"We understand we're walking a real fine tightrope right now in the season," Power assistant coach Michael Voss told reporters on Monday.

"... We're frustrated we can't replicate week after week performance.

"We're absolutely doing everything, were turning over every rock ... and we're trying a lot of things.

"So we will do that again and we will review that really strongly."

Port meet resurgent Richmond at the MCG on Saturday with defender Ryan Burton certain to miss and doubt over utility Brad Ebert.

Burton could miss at least a month because of a hamstring strain while Ebert was having scans to determine the severity of a posterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in the loss to the Lions.

The injuries come as Voss pledged to delve into the mindset of a playing group, conceding mental frailty was a possible reason for the topsy-turvy results.

"I don't know if you can ever discount it," he said.

"Certainly from the evidence that we have during the week, you would say that we're very well prepared, training has been exceptional.

"The thing that you can sometimes do in these situations is you throw inconsistency across everything - it's just not everything."

Voss said Port's coaches would examine all aspects of their football program.

"We'll deal with the individuals that go up and down," he said.

"We will look at what our method is and how we play and what is going up and down in that area.

"We look across our training ... there's some really consistent elements that we have got going.

"But in the smaller parts of the game at the moment we just don't seem to be able to execute for long enough."

Australian Associated Press