Brebner unhappy with unacceptable Victory start

Ryan Shotton

Melbourne Victory head coach Grant Brebner labelled his team’s start in the 5-2 loss to Brisbane Roar as unacceptable.

Victory fell 3-0 behind inside 17 minutes at Dolphin Stadium, where Dylan Wenzel-Halls, Scott McDonald and Riku Danzaki scored on Saturday.

McDonald and Danzaki later completed their braces, with Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio and Jake Brimmer scoring for Victory in the first half.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Brebner discussed the game and potential returns for Callum McManaman and Rudy Gestede.

on the game…
“Extremely (disappointing). To go 3-0 down in under 20 minutes is unacceptable. There were obviously moments where we could’ve defended better, there were individual mistakes, but I think we got what we deserved in that first 20 minutes because we were way off it.”

on whether there were signs it was coming…
“There’s been no indication at all. I’m not even going to mention the obvious one that we could use as an excuse because there were two teams out there. It purely came down to not having the intensity, the desire and the will to step out there.”

on McManaman…
“He was a bit tender in the area that he’s had complaints with over the last two weeks so again we didn’t want to risk him, but he travelled. I would think so (a chance to play against the Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday).”

on Gestede…
“An opportunity. We’ll have a look at him over the next few days. He’s definitely a chance as well.”