Brebner: We deserved the win

Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory head coach Grant Brebner felt his side deserved its win after dramatically overcoming Perth Glory 2-1.

Jake Brimmer cancelled out Bruno Fornaroli’s opener before stepping up to convert a 90th-minute penalty at AAMI Park on Tuesday.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Brebner discussed the result, Brimmer and Robbie Kruse, who made his first A-League start since January last year.

on the win…
“A win’s a win. Of course there’s been a lot made of our first two games, it’s not like we’ve played a lot of football, but certainly there was a little bit of pressure probably I put on myself and the players probably felt a little bit of pressure as well. We knew we had been playing well in patches throughout our two games, but tonight I felt, apart from the goal we conceded, we thoroughly deserved the win.”

on Brimmer…
“For anybody to pop up and get a goal is great for us, but I think for Jake to score two goals against his old club, he’ll be really chuffed with that. But I knew the type of player I was signing when I signed Jake, I know he’s a talented, talented footballer and he’s actually exceeded what I thought of him because he was excellent in the Champions League. I did have a chat with him, I felt he wasn’t particularly good against Adelaide, but he responded tonight and that’s what good players do.”

on Kruse…
“When you have players like Robbie Kruse in your team, your squad, you certainly don’t want them sitting in the stand watching the game. Robbie, like a lot of players, will only get better as he gets fitter, as he gets more confidence. It was another good shift from him tonight, arguably I left him on probably longer than ideal, but you’re always thinking players like Marco (Rojas) and Krusey, they just need a little bit of luck to pop up and get you a goal. But I must mention the subs that came on tonight were excellent.”

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