Perth Glory skipper Richard Garcia denies the club has hit rock bottom, saying last week's 5-1 thrashing by Melbourne City could even prove to be a turning point.
Glory are only one point above last-placed Adelaide after posting just one win and a draw from their first seven matches.
The two struggling teams meet at Coopers Stadium on Sunday in what some are already labelling an early wooden spoon battle.
A raft of injuries to key players have cruelled Glory's finals chances, but Garcia is adamant it's not all doom and gloom at the club.
"Look, (it's) not rock bottom," Garcia said.
"We weren't very good defensively (against City), but we created a lot, so we can take some positives out of the game.
"It definitely will be a turning point I think.
"After that result, there are a lot of players out there who need to prove their worth. I think we can do that in the coming weeks.
"You can see in the demeanour in the boys - no one ever likes getting beat by that amount of goals."
Glory goalkeeper Ante Covic claimed the team's defence had more holes than Swiss cheese after conceding five goals to Melbourne City.
Garcia said it was up to the whole team to make sure that situation didn't occur again.
"It's a collective effort. We defend as a team," he said.
Midfielder Gyorgy Sandor is a chance to return against Adelaide after missing the past month with an ankle injury, but Josh Risdon (leg) is expected to miss a second straight match.
And with Ruben Zadkovich, Dino Djulbic and Guyon Fernandez still sidelined - plus Aryn Williams suspended - Glory will be forced to dig deep into their reserves again.