Melbourne Victory coach Marco Kurz knows he needs an A-League win and he needs it fast.
The former Adelaide United manager asked for patience when he took over from club legend Kevin Muscat, knowing full well his extensively overhauled squad would take time to gel.
But the German also knows that the Victory and their ardent fans are unaccustomed to languishing in 10th spot with just two wins from nine games.
"I know we are a passionate club and we have to perform, we have to get results," Kurz replied on Friday when asked if he felt his job was under pressure.
"We know this business ... as a coach you need results.
"I stay focused, I stay positive, I like to work and I have enough energy to find the turnaround.
"But at the end it's sport, and I need results, our club needs results ... that's part of the game."
Perhaps the most galling aspect of the disappointing start for Victory fans is the lack of goals, with Kurz's men finding the back of the net just nine times.
The coach agrees the inability to take chances is a concern, but he is equally worried about a leaky defence that has conceded an equal league-high 14 goals.
The Victory face a pivotal run of three games at AAMI Park, starting with Saturday night's clash with Wellington Phoenix, coming off a disappointing 3-1 loss to Western United.
"I think the last game was easy to explain ... we created a lot of chances, more than what we did in the past, but what wasn't good enough was scoring goals," he said.
"The second issue was how we defend our crosses.
"It's not good but easy to explain.
"If you concede three goals after four crosses and you score one goal after creating 13 chances then it's hard to win a game.
"If we find a good balance in our game, that means to defend better and score more goals, then we are on the right track - not result-wise in the last game - but I saw an improvement offensively."
German defender Tim Hoogland's frustrating run with injury has continued with a quad injury ruling him out against the Phoenix, but Kurz is confident he will be available to take on Melbourne City in the next round.
Australian Associated Press