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Adelaide, Mariners maintain top spots

By Chris Pike
17 November 2012 11:11PM EST

ADELAIDE United beat Melbourne Heart 1-0 on Saturday night to maintain top spot in the A-League with a 10-man Central Coast doing well to draw 2-2 with Melbourne Victory.

Saturday's double-header began with Adelaide beating Melbourne Heart 1-0 at Hindmarsh Stadium thanks to a goal to Jeronimo Neumann after a horror mistake from the Heart defence.

Neumann scored his fourth goal of the season in the 58th minute when Heart veteran Simon Colosimo made a horror clearance attempt. Instead of clearing he only managed to pass it straight to Adelaide's Marcelo Carrusca, who got it onto Neumann and the Argentine had no trouble scoring.

The win is Adelaide's fifth from seven matches this season as it maintains top spot on the ladder with the Mariners only managing a draw with the Victory. Coach John Kosmina knows that despite being top right now, it means little so early in the season though.

"It's no point dwelling on what we have achieved so far. It's what we have still got to achieve that matters," Kosmina said.

"It's a long way to go to achieve what I think they are capable of achieving as individuals, and as a group."

The loss leaves the Heart with just seven points from seven games this season to be outside the top-six, and coach John Aloisi was left furious afterwards.

"It's a disappointing loss because we gave them the game. After they scored the goal, we stopped playing. We stopped moving, stopped competing and that is the thing I'm disappointed about," Aloisi said.

"You can go down a goal but you can't stop playing. We made that mistake and then it was all over. It's not physical, it was more mental. It has to be. What I mean by stop playing is going for the ball, wanting the ball and we just didn’t do that all after it was 1-0."

It was then onto Etihad Stadium where both the Victory and Mariners scored two goals apiece in an exciting first half, but the game changed early in the second half when Central Coast defender Patrick Zwaanswijk received a red card.

From there, Central Coast did well to hold out the Victory to record the 2-2 draw with the home side also reduced to 10-men in the dying stages when Marcos Flores was sent from the field as well after receiving his second yellow card.

Daniel McBreen was once again outstanding for Central Coast scoring in both the third and 21st minutes, and then having to play a lone hand in attack after Zwaanswijk was red carded.

"I am tired and that was a hard shift in the second half, but the boys did well and it's good to come away with a point after that," McBreen said.

"We say it time and time again that our guys dig in for each other and have that never-say-die attitude, and that's just the way it is. We work for each other and when that substitute was coming on I thought it was just for me, but Arnie (coach Graham Arnold) wanted another 10 minutes from me.

"We have been working on a couple of different things at training during the week on my finishing and my fitness, and it's paying off at the moment."

Melbourne Victory's first goal came from last week's hero Andrew Nabbout in the ninth minute and then Mark Milligan in the 39th.

It was a big effort from Marco Rojas after playing for New Zealand against China during the week, but he was left disappointed that the Victory didn’t come away with the full three points.

"We want to win every game that we play in and it's disappointing not to get the three points tonight," Rojas said.

"We feel that we are getting better every game and the boys played pretty well tonight and we created a lot of chances, but we just have to start putting those away. We didn’t tonight and that's why we didn’t win."

Round 7 of the A-League will continue on Sunday with the Newcastle Jets playing the Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory taking on the Western Sydney Wanderers.

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