‘‘We were outplayed by a side that worked harder than us.
‘‘I want to apologise to our members and fans who turned up to watch because that was nowhere near good enough from all of us.
‘‘We were badly beaten. We were miles off.’’
The Crows’ 5.14 (44) score was their lowest in all Showdowns, surpassing their previous worst of 9.6 (60) in 2004, while the 57-point losing margin was their second-biggest against Port.
Compounding Adelaide’s woes, half-forward Jordan Gallucci went off with concussion after banging his head into Port ruckman Scott Lycett’s knee while defenders Daniel Talia (rolled ankle) and Alex Keath (knocked knee) limped off during the rout before returning.
Shadowed by Tom Jonas, Josh Jenkins was held scoreless and to just four kicks – his worst return since the 2017 grand final shocker – and appeared cumbersome in his movement after missing only one match following a knee injury.
Jenkins told SEN radio on Wednesday he was ‘‘extremely confident’’ of being fit for the Showdown and Pyke backed the key forward’s judgement.
‘‘He was fine,’’ Pyke said.
‘‘He was 100 per cent. He was confident so we back him in.’’
Meanwhile Port coach Ken Hinkley can’t remember his team putting together a more dominant Showdown performance in his time at the helm.
Coming off a disappointing defeat against Western Bulldogs seven days ago and losing Travis Boak with back spasms during the pre-game warm-ups, the Power put the Crows to the sword after half-time.
‘‘I’m not sure that we’ve played a more dominant Showdown,’’ he said.
‘‘We saw the best parts of Port Adelaide tonight.
‘‘Good on them (players) because the pressure was put on them and rightly so — they accepted that pressure and they responded.
‘‘We’ve had some ups and downs and no one gets more frustrated than the boys themselves.
‘‘They want to play like that every week.’’
Robbie Gray led Port’s charge with a best-afield masterclass, collecting his fifth Showdown Medal – the most by any player in the award’s history.
‘‘Robbie goes OK at Showdowns,’’ Hinkley said in deliberately understated fashion.
‘‘Rob gets the votes … that’s five (Showdown Medal).
‘‘It’s a big number – and in big games.
‘‘He’s a great player and has been a great player for a long time.’’