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Jan 7, 2012

Kosmina in love with A-League again

Adelaide United's saviour John Kosmina has fallen in love again - with being an A-League coach.

Kosmina is unbeaten in four matches since the Reds sacked Dutchman Rini Coolen.

But the third-time coach hopes he's rated as more than a mere fire and brimstone merchant.

"It's nice that I can inspire people with fire in their belly," Kosmina said after Adelaide's home 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar on Saturday night.

"But I'd like people to think of me in football terms as well - rather than being just a panel beater pumping everybody up and kicking a few people."

Kosmina is basking in a return to A-League coaching after previous stints with Adelaide and Sydney FC.

"It's good so far," he said.

"I got pretty wired up. I was involved in the game.

"That is the one thing I try not to do - that is when I start getting myself in trouble.

"It's fantastic ... you get that kind of crowd and the quality of football was good, so I love it.

"I wouldn't swap it for the world."

A penalty to Reds striker Sergio van Dijk secured a draw against the Roar, who had taken the lead through Issey Nakajima-Farran.

Adelaide captain Eugene Galekovic was satisfied, given Brisbane dished out the Reds' heaviest defeat, 7-1, last meeting.

"It's about character," said Galekovic, who replaced demoted defender Jon McKain as skipper a fortnight ago.

"We were down and we came back.

"Early on in the season, we might have crumbled."

Kosmina said Brisbane, despite one win in six games, remain a benchmark.

"They are predictable," he said.

"You know what they are going to do, but they do it so well.

"They are so well-drilled and they have a high level of technicality and skill, they don't make a lot of mistakes."

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