Ernie Merrick

Ernie Merrick urges Wellington Phoenix to show more pride in their work

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 11:  Ernie Merrick of the Victory sits on the sideline during the round 27 A-League match between Adelaide United and the Melbourne Victory at Adelaide Oval on February 11, 2011 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ernie Merrick

Daniel Gilhooly Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick says his players must disembark from the roller-coaster ride of recent weeks and start playing with pride if they are to reach the A-League finals.

Comeback not on the cards, says Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick

Cathy Walshe Cold hard commonsense says Wellington Phoenix's A-League season is over and any chance of making the play-offs lost in a welter of injuries, suspensions and five-goal losses.

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Give John Aloisi more time at Heart, urges Wellington coach Ernie Merrick

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch Heart thought to be considering a short-term return to its inaugural coach.

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Ernie Merrick has been reinvigorated by move to Phoenix

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch You can, it seems, teach an old dog new tricks.

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Phoenix shock West Ham in Auckland

 Andrew Durante (right) of the Wellington Phoenix celebrates his goal against English Premier League side West Ham United.

The Wellington Phoenix shocked English Premier League outfit West Ham United 2-1 on Wednesday evening at Auckland's Eden Park.

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A-League favourite Brisbane Roar grabs yet another late victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Roar has class and skill throughout, and also the indomitable spirit of many champion teams.

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A-League: Wellington Phoenix extend misery for Newcastle Jets

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Wellington increased Newcastle's winless run to seven games and moved into the A-League top six on Sunday with a 3-2 victory at Hunter Stadium.

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Wanderers coach Tony Popovic already a veteran as A-League sack race gathers pace

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic at a training session at Parramatta Stadium.
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Angela Habashy Who would have thought just over halfway into their second season, the A-League's newest club, Western Sydney, would have the longest-standing coach serving in the A-League?

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Revived Heart pumped under van't Schip

Melbourne Heart coach John van't Schip.

Michael Lynch Six weeks after John Aloisi left, the picture has changed for the Melbourne Heart.

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Albert Riera to miss rest of season for Wellington Phoenix

Albert Riera

Wellington Phoenix midfielder Albert Riera looks set to miss most of the A-League season after scans revealed his groin injury was worse than initially thought.

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Heart thumps Phoenix 5-0 in Wellington

Rob Wielaert is congratulated by teammates after scoring against Wellington.

Wellington Phoenix drops out of A-League play-off spots after being annihilated 5-0.

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Van't Schip leads Heart transformation

Melbourne Heart coach John van't Schip.

Michael Lynch John van't Schip's got priors at this sort of thing, galvanising his Melbourne Heart team to performances few expected.

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Wellington Phoenix stun Central Coast Mariners to leapfrog Sydney FC

Kenny Cunningham and Carlos Hernandez

Sebastian Hassett A twenty-minute blitzkrieg has sent Wellington Phoenix into the top six as they blasted their way past a shocked Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium.

Central Coast Mariners draw confidence from Asian Champions League defeat

Phil Moss

Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss has warned Sydney FC they are in for a torrid match as the A-League champions battle to arrest a five-game losing streak.

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Tough ask for Melbourne Victory in ACL game against legend of Lippi

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Michael Lynch It is hard to see this game being anything but a backs-to-the-wall ordeal for Victory.

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Melbourne Heart needs three wins to contest A-League finals

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch A minimum of three wins - and preferably four - from its past five matches is what it will take to give Melbourne Heart much chance of completing its fairytale recovery with a finals berth next month.

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Muscat dares to dream of ACL progress

Victory coach Kevin Muscat celebrates after the final whistle.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's 1-0 win against a Yokohama F Marinos side that dominated possession but could not find the net provides Kevin Muscat's team with a platform to qualify for the knockout stage of...

Wellington Phoenix's A-League season all but ashes

Cold hard common sense says Wellington Phoenix's A-League season is over, any chance of it making playoffs lost in a welter of injuries, suspensions and five-goal losses.

Newcastle Jets won't find Glory easy in Perth

Soccer Angela Habashy One team is just clinging on to a finals spot and the other is desperate to avoid the wooden spoon.

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Adelaide United wears down Phoenix

Physical contest: Ben Sigmund of the Phoenix tackles Michael Zullo of Adelaide United.

Cathy Walshe Missing three key players, Adelaide United dug in to grind out a 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix and move one step closer to the A-League finals.