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Feb 27, 2021   |  11:24AM AET

Brebner: It’s a tough one to take

Brebner: It’s a tough one to take

Melbourne Victory head coach Grant Brebner said the 4-3 loss to Western United in the A-League was hard to take.

Victor Sanchez scored a 95th-minute winner for Western to settle a thrilling contest at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.

Victory fought back from 3-1 down, Jacob Butterfield and Rudy Gestede scoring after Callum McManaman’s opener had been cancelled out, while Western was reduced to 10 men following Tomislav Uskok’s red card.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Brebner discussed the game, the performance of Dalibor Markovic and the injuries in his squad.

on his emotions…
“It’s easy to sit here and tell you my emotions. It’s not about me, but I’m sure like many people, our members and fans, everybody connected with the club, is going to be feeling that is a sore one. To lose it in the manner we did, it’s a hard one to take.”

on fighting back…
“It’s difficult to sit here and talk about the positives right now, but at 3-1 down, with the players we had out there, we had a lot of young players out there, to get back in the game, yes, it’s pleasing, but at 3-3, I’d argue with anybody that there’s only one team that looks like would go on and win it and I didn’t think it would be Western United so it’s still a tough one to take.”

on the game…
“It’s gut-wrenching. We, as coaches, ride every wave, it’s a rollercoaster, that game tonight was a rollercoaster. To talk about the game rather than the result, we went 1-0 up and stopped playing. Our midfield were poor in the first half, we let Western United get their tail up, start knocking the ball about, dictating play. At half-time, we addressed it, Jacob and Jake (Brimmer) had to be braver, they had to get into more difficult positions beyond lines and they did that to be fair in the second half which helped us grow into the game.”

on Markovic…
“He did really well. His energy levels were good, I think a couple of players around about him could’ve given him a little bit more help, but he can be really happy. I’m really happy with the way he’s performed over the last two games, even for the cross for Rudy’s goal, to be up there and supply that, but he got himself into some really positions tonight so he can be pleased with his performance.”

on injuries…
“I’d imagine, without going into names, there’d be two, possibly three, that will come back ready for that game (against City next week).”