Todd Marshall is the key to unlocking Charlie Dixon

Charlie Dixon and Todd Marshall in action earlier this year. Picture:

On Saturday we again saw Charlie Dixon show why he’s one of the most dominant key forwards in the AFL.

The Port Adelaide star booted four as the Power defeated Sydney to remain atop the ladder with three games remaining.

Yet, it comes as no surprise Dixon’s excellence today came following Todd Marshall’s return to the side following injury.

In 2020, Dixon has averaged 2.5 goals a game in matches Marshall has played, but only 1.4 goals a game when he’s missed.

In those games, include Dixon’s bag of six against West Coast and two bags of three against the Crows and Blues.

It’s even been a feature in Port’s games in the past.

During 2019, Dixon averaged 1.2 goals a game without Marshall in the side.

With Marshall in the side, it was 1.75 goals a game.

Both players are of vital importance to the Power and their premiership chances and if both can find the scoreboard come the finals, then it’s danger signs for the opposing teams.

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