John KosminaMELBOURNE – He might not have the required A-League coaching qualification, but whatever John Kosmina has in his toolkit is working wonders for Adelaide United.

The resurgent Reds outgunned the competition’s form side Melbourne Heart 3-1 at AAMI Park yesterday, snapping their five-match winning streak with a performance suggesting that Adelaide was a live finals chance.

Two goals to Sergio van Dijk and one to Dario Vidosic kept Kosmina unbeaten in his three matches in charge.

But his retooling of the dilapidated shell of a team he inherited from the sacked Rini Coolen last month suggests there is more than just the short-term bounce effect of a new coach at work – and Adelaide’s players agree.

“He’s simplified things, we’ve gone back to basics, we all know our roles and that’s key,” defender Nigel Boogaard said. “The boys all believe in the game plan and we’re willing to go out there and die for each other at the moment.”

Kosmina, only leading the Reds under special dispensation from Football Federation Australia as he completes his required coaching licence, admitted his side was doing “100 per cent” of what he asked of them and praised their “smart” football against the Heart.

Wellington Phoenix inflicted Sydney FC’s only second away loss of the A-League season when it triumphed 4-2 in a hectic clash in Wellington.

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