“It’s a home game you want to send a clear message — that we’re not mucking around and we are Melbourne Victory and we want to be at the top end every year, and you can only go so far with excuses.
“We need to start putting runs on the board and that’s what we’ll be looking to do.”
He said the Western United review showed Victory weren’t committed to some contests in the game like they should have been, but vowed that would be rectified.
“We have started poorly other years and we have been okay,” he said. “Being around the dressing room they’re fine, everyone is okay, everyone is up and about and it’s a good group of guys so it’s the right mix. Obviously [we’re] not happy about the loss but how far do you go?
“If you’re going to be so far down about it then you start affecting your confidence, you need to accept what’s happened and accept it wasn’t good enough and get up.
“We have got a game where we can send a bit of a message and a big reaction.”
Captain and marquee man Ola Toivonen appeared to sustain an injury in the loss but Broxham said he had pulled up okay, despite maybe needing a little extra time to recover.
Over at City, Curtis Good said the side were enjoying the feeling that comes with being top of the league but that he and teammates were solely focused on not dropping games they should win, like what happened a bit last year.
“You can feel already the confidence. Winning games naturally brings confidence,” Good said. “The way the team is playing everyone understands their role, there’s confidence within the players, staff, coaches and each other. That plays a part going forward for us.
“No doubt we miss Macca [injured striker Jamie Maclaren] but it is important to have those other players as well, everyone can chip in and get on the scoresheet and we proved that on the weekend.
“Last year there was a couple of those games where we dropped a few points, so if we want to be serious about winning the league these are the games we have to take the three points. That’s something we earmarked at the start of the season so it’s good to see the boys putting it into practice.”
For City, this week’s Remembrance Round game against Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park will double as a celebration of the club’s 10-year anniversary. Then known as Melbourne Heart, the club’s first home game was in front of 11,050 people at AAMI Park in 2010.
Good was part of the squad as an injury replacement later in that first season, and City will wear Melbourne Heart colours for the match.
Anthony is a reporter at The Age.