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Feb 10, 2021   |  11:17AM AET

Brebner: We’re not where we want to be

Brebner: We’re not where we want to be

Melbourne Victory head coach Grant Brebner said his team was not where it wanted to be after a 2-0 loss to the Western Sydney Wanderers.

After a relatively even start at Bankwest Stadium on Wednesday, Victory fell to defeat following a Graham Dorrans penalty and Kwame Yeboah goal.

It also lost Marco Rojas, who was making his 100th appearance for the club, in the first half following a challenge by Dorrans.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Brebner discussed the game, Rojas and the performance of Birkan Kirdar.

on the game…
“It’s a sombre dressing room as you’d expect after losing a game. The message tonight was not papering over the cracks. We were better tonight, of course the weekend was not a result that flattered us so we needed a reaction tonight, I felt we got it. I felt up until we gave away the penalty which was obviously a poor decision (by Rudy Gestede), we were very much in the game and playing well. It’s a tough one for the players to take, but we can’t look back, we’ve got to look forward.”

on Rojas…
“Marco as we all saw got a kick to the face. It wasn’t intentional by any manner or means and it’s a sore one. He looks pretty bad. He’ll head to the hospital and get it looked at, his eye socket and his nose. It’s just one of those things. It was an unfortunate challenge.”

on where the team is at…
“We’ve had six games. We’re not where we want to be. Four games away from home, we’ve got five home games coming up and I’ve been in a tough position before as a player at this football club and I’m in a tough position now as the head coach of this football club, but I will do everything in my power to turn it around and make sure that that playing group start winning games next Wednesday night against Wellington.”

on Kirdar…
“I was really pleased. One little shining light is a young Melbourne boy coming on and doing well and as I’ve always said if you do well you’ll keep your place so he thoroughly deserved it. That was one player I did single out in there because it’s tough for him to come in and take that result but he can hold his head high tonight.”