Captain Patrick Kisnorbo has called on his side to stick together and produce an improved collective effort this Sunday.
The 5-1 loss to the Wellington Phoenix on Sunday was a hard pill to swallow for Kisnorbo but the skipper expressed the need to use these testing times to make the team even stronger.
“It’s about improving our weaknesses day by day as best as we can,” Kisnorbo said.
“We’re not the only team in the world that has gone through hard stages and its up to us as a collective group to bounce back and try and improve our game to get good results.
“I feel like we have to try and keep everyone positive because there is no point of negativity. Its up to the playing group to get the results that we want and win.
“I'm not going to lie, everyone was a bit down, confidence is a big issue but we are the only people that can get us out of this situation.”
The side will come into Sunday’s match looking to put in a positive performance at AAMI Park and Kisnorbo felt it was his role as the captain to rally the team for the contest.
“Ive been in a few relegation battles and that’s pressure. Hopefully I can pass on my knowledge during this difficult stage and hopefully we can kick on,” Kisnorbo said.
“We need to dig in collectively and individually as a group and really push forward and get some confidence back in the team.
“We have to get mentally stronger and prepare for this week's game. We can't worry about last week anymore, we have to think about this week.
“At the end of the day, they are the current champions. They are a good team, a good squad and I think it will be a hard game on Sunday.”
Melbourne City FC sit outside the top six through goal difference and a positive result against the Roar will give Kisnorbo and his side the confidence towards the Melbourne Derby.