Ernie Merrick

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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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.

Soccer

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.

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.

Football

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.

Soccer

Battle for finals spots goes down to the wire

Adelaide United's Michael Marrone beats the Phoenix's Matthew Ridenton to the ball during the crucial A-League clash.

Michael Lynch Runaway leaders Brisbane apart, the FFA is entitled to feel rather pleased with itself at the shakeout in the A-League this season.

Football

Joel Chianese says Sydney FC happy to have destiny in their own hands

Vital clash: Sydney must overcome the Wellington Phoenix this weekend to keep on track for a semi-final berth.

Sebastian Hassett For all this season's memorable highs and humiliating lows, Sydney FC's finals destiny is now in their own hands - and striker Joel Chianese wouldn't have it any other way.

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Alessandro Del Piero warns Sydney FC teammates not to get cocky before A-League finals

Alessandro Del Piero

Sebastian Hassett Sydney FC might be within touching distance of the finals but Alessandro Del Piero doesn’t want his teammates to be lulled into a false sense of security.

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A-League Round 27 preview

Sydney FC marquee player Alessandro Del Piero may be playing his last home game for the club this weekend.

The playoffs line-up will be settled by these final round matches.

Next six days will define Victory's season, but Muscat can smile now

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Having seen off a gallant, and rather unlucky, Sydney in the elimination final on Friday night there is little time for the Victory squad to rest on its laurels.

Soccer

Waiting for Glory years

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Perth Glory is not quite an A-League byword for dysfunctionality.

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Sydney FC slump to 1-0 defeat in Wellington as Phoenix lose Paul Ifill

Paul Ifill

Wellington Phoenix have at last broken through for a win but it appears to have come at a heavy cost.

Wellington Phoenix star Paul Ifill out for the season with Achilles rupture

Paul Ifill

Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick says he won't rush to replace forward Paul Ifill, whose A-League season is over after rupturing his Achilles tendon.

Soccer

Heart's soccer derby loss to Victory puts greater pressure on John Aloisi

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Heart's board has shown patience with John Aloisi - as it should.

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Heart coach still a believer

Melbourne Heart's Harry Kewell and coach John Aloisi after the teams loss in the Melbourne Derby.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart can't afford a loss to second-last team Wellington Phoenix.

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Melbourne Heart's winless streak is testing the patience of fans

John Aloisi.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's motto this season is 'Heart believe'. It's a plea that has stretched the patience of supporters almost beyond belief.

Wasteful Melbourne Heart downed by Wellington Phoenix

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

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