All week Melbourne Victory has been shaken and finally it stirred to give new coach Ange Postecoglou his first win in charge of the A-League club on Friday night.
Victory came from behind to beat arch-rival Adelaide United 2-1 at Etihad Stadium, ending the Reds' unbeaten start to the season.
Trailing to a Dario Vidosic penalty after 49 minutes, Victory equalised through a strong Mark Milligan header three minutes later.
Then New Zealand international Marco Rojas scored the winner in the 67th minute after punishing some comical Adelaide defending.
The win comes after a tumultuous six days in which Victory was embarrassed 5-0 by Postecoglou's old club Brisbane Roar, striker Danny Allsopp retired on Thursday and the new coach wielded the axe with five changes to his starting side.
He put his faith in returning internationals Archie Thompson, Milligan and Rojas and dumped goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas and import midfielder Jonathan Bru.
His decision to pair Milligan and Billy Celeski in central midfield immediately gave Victory more purpose and shape in a first half in which both sides had their chances.
The best fell to Adelaide attacker Jeronimo Neumann but he shot wide on 43 minutes when one-on-one with goalkeeper Tando Velaphi.
But the Reds were in front four minutes after halftime when Celeski needlessly handled the ball in the box, gifting Vidosic a spot-kick he coolly slotted home.
Victory levelled things up when Milligan, who only returned from Socceroos duty on Thursday morning, powered home a header from a Gui Finkler corner.
Then Adelaide defender Nigel Boogaard was caught in limbo, pushing an awkward Archie Thompson centre against the crossbar.
Rojas pounced on the loose ball but hit the bar before finally finishing the rebound.
Milligan was the outstanding player on the pitch - putting in a tireless shift breaking down and creating attacks with regularity, as well as his important goal.
Postecoglou was pleased with his side's improved performance, believing desire was the key to the Victory getting all three points.
"The first two weeks we weren't determined, we weren't resilient, probably the desire wasn't as great as it should be," Postecoglou said.
"We were more solid tonight. We've still got a lot of work to do on our football. "The boys handled it pretty well tonight.
"We were compact, we played out when we had it. When we didn't, we didn't get exposed."
"We were a lot more determined in everything we did."
Adelaide was best served by defender Anthony Golec and hard-working midfielder Osama Malik.
Coach John Kosmina said he believed his side could have at least pinched a point, if not all three - lamenting Jeronimo's squandered chance just prior to half-time.
"You miss chances like that against a team like Melbourne, generally you pay a price later on and we did," Kosmina said.
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