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Friday, December 14, 2012
Diving furore won't fire Reds: Kosmina

By Steve Larkin

Adelaide United coach John Kosmina says he won't use the bitter fall-out of the last clash against Wellington as motivation for Sunday's return bout of the A-League clubs.

After Adelaide's 3-1 win against the Phoenix on October 27, Wellington captain Andrew Durante labelled United striker Jeronimo Neumann a cheat for diving.

Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert also fuelled the controversy when voicing dismay that Neumann wasn't sanctioned for diving.

Neumann will come from the bench at Hindmarsh Stadium on Sunday with Kosmina doubting the Argentine will be fazed by past events.

"When Jero comes on, I don't know if he will be that fussed about what happened before," Kosmina told reporters in Adelaide on Saturday.

"Jero likes to win, he likes to score goals and I don't think it matters to him whether it's (against) a yellow shirt, a blue shirt, a green shirt or whatever, as long as he scores."

Kosmina said the controversy from the round four meeting was "done and dusted".

"That was finished ages ago, I didn't even think about it until probably yesterday to be honest," he said.

"It doesn't need to be revisited.

"It's not a positive thing that you can motivate somebody with, it's history."

Kosmina was more concerned with continuing second-placed Adelaide's momentum after a 4-2 thumping of Melbourne Victory last start and has named an unchanged line-up to meet the seventh-placed Phoenix.

"It worked last week so I think when you're on what seems to be a good thing, you stick with it - if it ain't broke, don't fix it," Kosmina said.

"And the way you develop your game is to actually use the same players as often as you can.

"You need to play every game with feeling, not just because it was Melbourne Victory last week.

"The mood in camp is pretty good, last week was a good buzz, it was a good win for them, an important win.

"Games like that actually reinforce what we're capable of ... there is a lot more in this team, you need a good frame of mind to be able to bring that out of the players and they seem to be there at the moment."

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