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Winning Gombau defends fiery exchange

By AAP .
15 December 2013 12:29PM EST

ADELAIDE United coach Josep Gombau has defended his actions in the wake of a heated exchange with a journalist before his side's 4-0 thrashing of reigning A-League premiers Central Coast on Saturday.

The Reds jumped to a 1-0 lead on 25 minutes after power forward Bruce Djite turned in a neat cross from Spanish sensation Sergio Cirio.

Winger Fabio Ferreira doubled the scoring just before halftime then Cirio pounced on a blunder from Mariners goalkeeper Liam Reddy in the 55th minute and substitute Jeronimo completed the demolition on the fulltime whistle.

Speaking after United's second win of the season and first since the opening round, Gombau attempted to justify why he blew up and began to argue with a journalist at a press conference on Friday.

"I defend my club like my family, for me now that I am outside of my home country (Spain) and that I am here (Adelaide), my family is the people who are working with me at the club," he said.

"My own family is 15,000 kilometres away, so every single coach and player that is working with me is my family, and I love these people.

"So when I see something that is not fair on them, I defend them like a family."

Gombau did offer an apology though after he was caught by a camera verbally attacking a member of the journalist's family during the bust-up.

"I made one mistake on Friday and that was to bring that journalist's son into this and for that I want to apologise," he said.

"It is just something between me and the journalist."

Meanwhile, after witnessing his team on the receiving end of an 'old-fashioned spanking', Central Coast coach Phil Moss said the Mariners were not distracted by hierarchy changes and reports the team may have to relocate and sell players to recover losses of $1 million a year.

"There's a lot going on, but it's football and I've said to the players that we need to embrace change, it's a massive transition period for us," he said.

"We lose (fitness and conditioning coach) Andrew Clark, he finishes up with the Mariners on Saturday, and that's another big loss for us along with (former coach) Graham Arnold and our chairman Peter Turnbull.

"Certainly we need to move forward and we are moving forward, but there may be a little bit of inconsistency related to what's going on off the pitch.

"That's something I have to manage and I am enjoying the challenge as are the players."

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