The players and the coaching staff have had clear-the-air talks – something Broxham on Wednesday described as an “open conversation” – about where they were going wrong, how they needed to lift their work rate and effort and which changes the coach might make to wring improvement from the playing group.
“We addressed it the first day we were back, with the coach,” he said.
“It’s a bit of a line in the sand, saying we have to start picking up points or the season is going to get too far away from us.
“There’s a few little things we think we can improve and a bit of continuity now will help.”
Looking for scapegoats – Victory’s foreign recruits, Jakob Poulsen, Migen Basha and Kristijan Dobras have come in for plenty of criticism from the fans at games and on social media – would not be beneficial, said Broxham, one of the team’s leadership group.
“There are little things we can work on, and holding everyone accountable, every single player looking at themselves. Not pointing fingers, that can become very toxic in the current environment.
“I think coming up until Christmas and the next month, four games or so (are vital). You could call it a thick line in the sand.
“This game at the weekend, Perth are struggling a little bit too, we are close to each other points-wise, so it is a little bit (critical).”
The key lays in getting back to basics, as Kurz has demanded.
“We can raise some intensity at training. If things aren’t going perfect you can keep a high intensity of your own standard,” Broxham said.
“Everyone should just look at themselves to see what they can do better every day and what can you do better when you leave the training ground.
‘”It starts there and getting back to basics. Just getting how we want to play, not complicating anything, executing the little things really well.”
The soul-searching after the Adelaide game went both ways, he said.
“We spoke to him (Kurz), we had an honest conversation, we said ‘we can do these things better’, ‘let’s work on these things’, ‘I think you will get a better response from players doing (these) things’.
“It was an open conversation on how we can all work better as a unit.
“It was simple little things, it wasn’t anything bad, we will keep it to ourselves.”
Broxham is the last survivor from the grand final-winning Victory season of 2007, when he was signed as a professional having started out as a kit man and general dogsbody.
He said that win – a 6-0 triumph over Adelaide United – and the 2015 win over Sydney at AAMI Park, when his rampaging late run brought Victory’s final goal in a 3-0 drubbing, were the two most memorable moments of his long career.
Michael Lynch is The Age’s chief soccer reporter and also reports on motor sport and horseracing