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Apr 4, 2011

Podolski eyes derby joy

Cologne striker Lukas Podolski turned his attention immediately to next weekend's local derby with Borussia Monchengladbach after Sunday's "historic" win over Nurnberg raised their spirits.

A goal from Milivoje Novakovic in the second minute of stoppage time - practically with the last kick of the game - earned Cologne their seventh home win in a row this season and saw them edge closer to the 40-point mark which many believe guarantees a place in the Bundesliga next season.

Now Podolski wants his side to take the momentum with them to arch-rivals Gladbach next weekend to finally celebrate a win on the road that would taste twice as good as any other.

"I am delighted that I was part of such a historic win," he said. "Seven wins in a row - that is not always possible. Things are going really well for us at home this season, but unfortunately that is not the case away.

"Now we have the chance in Gladbach to gain revenge for our defeat to them at home earlier this season."

Nurnberg coach Dieter Hecking bemoaned the referee's decision not to show Youssef Mohamad a red card when he gestured to stamp on Andreas Wolf while he lay on the floor right under the eyes of referee Florian Meyer.

"Even an attempted violent conduct should be punished with a red card," he said. "That is how it stands in the rules, and if that was not an attempt, then I have got everything wrong."

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