Brebner determined to turn Victory around

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Melbourne Victory coach Grant Brebner has pledged to "fight" to lead the struggling A-League club out of their misery.

Victory are anchored to the bottom of the table with eight losses from 11 matches, including four of their five consecutive home games.

They followed up the embarrassing 6-0 derby loss to Melbourne City with a frustrating 3-1 loss to Adelaide United which saw them let a 1-0 lead slip on Saturday night.

"Last week was a really tough one to take, it did take a little bit of time to get out of the system," Brebner said.

"But as I've always said as a player, I felt that I would fight. Absolutely in this position, I'll fight.

"And the players that want to come along with me, we'll do it together and we will turn our fortunes around.

"So I don't want anybody to sit here - and I don't think anybody would feel sorry for me - but I'm here to fight and I want to get us out of this position."

Brebner said he'd been "humiliated" after the derby thrashing by Melbourne City but was instead left "angry" by some shoddy defensive efforts against the Reds.

"One or two players probably need to go home tonight and look at themselves in the mirror - but we all do," Brebner said.

"We all have to go home and reflect and we all have to work out what we can do better.

"Those conversations and those players will remain inside the four walls of our changing room.

"But make no mistake about it, I might sit here sometimes and come across as a nice guy, but that's slowly wearing off now and there will be players put on notice to perform because they are playing for contracts this year."

Things won't get any easier for Victory, who face reigning champions Sydney FC away next week and will be without Leigh Broxham (yellow card suspension).

Already stretched by injuries, Victory will also sweat on Rudy Gestede (stiff knee) and Aaron Anderson (ankle) while Nick Ansell failed a pre-game fitness test.

"Rivalry or not, we need to win football games - and I don't care who it's against, to be honest," Brebner said.

"Next week we travel on the road. We can get out of Melbourne and come up against Sydney which we know is the Big Blue and has historically always been a tough game for us - but every game's tough for us at the moment."