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Victory not giving up Melbourne crown

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016 Ben McKay

Long-time Melbourne Victory lieutenant Leigh Broxham says the A-League powerhouse club will be doing it for their fans in Saturday night's Melbourne derby.

It's been a year since Victory has tasted success in the Melbourne derby, and Broxham knows its the fans that are hurting the most.

While it's not quite the 1000 days that Western Sydney fans have been waiting for a Sydney derby success, a year is long enough.

"Players realise how much it means to the fans more and more as the games come ... it's bragging rights," Broxham said on Wednesday morning.

"The more we play them and the way the derby develops, players know.

"If you can't get yourself up for this game, you're probably in the wrong game."

The past two losses have been among the most painful for the navy blue side of Melbourne.

A 4-1 smacking at Etihad Stadium in October - featuring that Tim Cahill wondergoal - announced City's arrival as a title force and humiliated Victory.

November's 2-0 defeat in the FFA Cup semi-final put paid to Victory's defence of that competition, and allowed City to lift the club's first trophy.

Either side of those matches this season, City has improved its consistency to sit second on the A-League table, ahead of Victory in third.

On the field, it certainly feels as though the derby has turned in City's favour.

Broxham isn't buying it.

He says assessments that Victory have been usurped by their cross-town rivals are overblown, even if it's City that have been celebrating recent results.

"Every time we lose to them or we've had a bad result someone will come out and say the same thing. I've learned over our time to worry about ourselves," he said.

"The past two results (against City) this season, they're still the freshest.

"We want to rectify those.

"The last time we played them it was a competitive game, it could have gone either way. It wasn't to be but we took some positives out of that."

Helping Victory's prospects is the likely availability of Marco Rojas.

The New Zealand winger missed Victory's 3-0 away day success over Western Sydney last Saturday but has trained well to date and is in line to feature from the bench at AAMI Park.

City has its own selection issue, with guest player Cahill declaring himself an unlikely starter.

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