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Quarantine has been an unknown factor for us-Brebner

Fri 01 January 2021 | 20:30

Melbourne Victory head coach expects his side to get better as his players' match fitness improves.

Melbourne Victory started the season with a defeat against Brisbane Roar. Callum McManaman's single goal in the first half equalized the game, but Brisbane Roar scored two goals in the second half to end the game 3-1.

Brebner spoke at the post-match press conference about the match and the team's situation.

on the game…

"I didn't know where we would be at fitness wise because we haven't played a game obviously for three weeks, coming out of quarantine as well. I didn't see it coming either at half-time. I did think we were very good in the first half and we obviously didn't start in the second and then the goal comes at a time for us. We did look a little bit flat."

on McManaman…

"Right now it's obviously nice for him to get the goal, but obviously the loss is more immediate to me than new signings. We'll obviously have a good, hard look at the video and we'll see where we can improve. We're going to get better and better and better as match fitness comes, unfortunately these are games again where we're getting judged. We haven't played a friendly at all going into both competitions."

on Marco Rojas…

"He's got a slight hamstring that I've just spoken to the physio about just now. Marco indicated that it was okay, I think we could see he did have some issues with it in the first half, but he didn't see it as being too much of a problem. If it was, he would've come off straight away. I certainly would've brought him off. He indicated he was okay so I'll see when I have a further chat with him."

on Ryan Shotton…

"I think quarantine has been an unknown factor for us, we don't know really how much of a toll it takes on a body sitting upright in an armchair for two weeks. Yes, we can put in a bike to keep them going, but nothing is the same as running around on a football pitch. Ryan will fall into the category of getting him fit and when he's right, he'll play."

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