Perth coach Kenny Lowe says the Glory need look no further than their FFA Cup final conquerors as they rebuild from "ground zero".
An undermanned Glory were beaten 2-0 by Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Saturday night following impressive first-half goals from Oliver Bozanic and Besart Berisha.
After throwing Dino Djulbic forward, the Glory had the better of the second 45 minutes, although the closest they came to scoring was when Diogo Ferreira's shot crashed into the right-hand post in the 49th minute.
It was a second-straight FFA Cup final loss for Perth Glory, who went down 1-0 to Adelaide United in last year's decider.
The club is still in the early stages of an enforced rebuild, having been heavily fined and banned from the 2014-15 A-League finals for major salary cap breaches and then withstanding an exodus of players.
In contrast, the Victory sit unchallenged as the most successful club in the land as the first Australian outfit to concurrently hold all three domestic titles.
But the overhaul under Ange Postecoglou and current boss Kevin Muscat came as the club went six years without a trophy before winning the A-League premiership and championship double earlier this year.
"You are always going to get a lot of honesty with us," said Lowe, who paid tribute to his players for fighting back hard in the second half.
"We're obviously still carrying legacy issues from last year - that's fact not excuse.
"We've just got to grow.
"We're probably at ground zero with the rebuild.
"You look at the (Victory) side here - how long have they taken? Probably four years, a couple of years with Ange and now a couple of years with Kev.
"They have done fantastic.
"They have grown the club, they have grown the team and they've got a super product.
"That's what you aspire to."