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Diving furore not on Reds' radar

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Adelaide

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.

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 Argentinian 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 said 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.

AAP

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