11 Dec 2008

Waitakere want to bloody Adelaide nose

6:40 am on 11 December 2008

New Zealand part-timers Waitakere United are looking to give "big brother" Adelaide United a bloody nose in tonight's opening game of the Fifa Club World Cup.

Waitakere will be huge underdogs but captain Danny Hay says the fierce trans-Tasman rivalry between the countries will give his side added incentive.

The the former Leeds United defender says they're the big brother and you always want to get one over on the big brother.

Waitakere will also hope to exorcise the demons after a horror start to last year's Club World Cup when they surrendered two goals five minutes into the tournament opener.

They eventually lost 3-1 to Iran's Sepahan and FIFA have faced criticism about the tournament's credibility after teams from Oceania have routinely struggled.