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Nov 13, 2012

Reds won't fight with Perth, says Kosmina

Adelaide United coach John Kosmina reckons soccer players sometimes have to win the fight and the football.

But he's adamant his A-League leaders won't try to fight fire with fire against Perth Glory's renowned aggression in Sunday's Hindmarsh Stadium encounter.

"You can only play a physical game if you have physical people," Kosmina said.

"Being physical is part of the game, sometimes you have got to win the fight as well as the football.

"But that is not our natural way.

"I don't mind players that compete physically, and that is what you have got to do ... but no, we won't be taking a physical game to Perth."

The third-placed Glory have a hard-earned reputation for a hard edge to their game but Kosmina said branding Perth as just a physical outfit doesn't do them justice.

"They are a really good side," he said.

"Last week was a tough game for them against Newcastle, one of the better footballing sides in the competition, and they did it quite well.

"They are quality right across the park - they are tough at the back, they are skilful and competitive in the middle of the park ... and they have got pace out wide.

"They are solid, they are a really good footballing team."

Perth, in the absence of injured captain Jacob Burns, will be led by former Adelaide skipper Travis Dodd.

Fan favourite Dodd's acrimonious departure from Adelaide under former coach Rini Coolen before last season upset Reds supporters.

But Kosmina said it was irrelevant if he would like to still have Dodd at Adelaide.

"He's not here, so it doesn't matter," Kosmina said.

"Travis I think has actually got a new lease on life in Perth, it has been good for him.

"Maybe he was getting a bit stale here but then maybe he didn't need to leave either - I wasn't here at the time so I can't really comment on it.

"But he's playing against us and while he's playing against us, he's the opposition, he's the enemy."

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