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Blog Profile / Phil Mcnulty

Filed Under:Sports / Football
Posts on Regator:128
Posts / Week:0.7
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Time for Liverpool to start winning

At Stamford Bridge Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool must no longer look in the rear view mirror - but admits the road ahead to restoration may be a long one. In among the cascade of optimistic messages that have epitomised Rodgers's...Show More Summary

Mancini must recognise brutal truth for Man City

At Etihad Stadium When Roberto Mancini's rage against the slow death of Manchester City's Champions League aspirations finally fizzles out, it will be replaced by the recognition of a brutal truth. Mancini was the flesh and blood embodiment...Show More Summary

Mark Clattenburg claim takes the game into uncharted territory

Another inquiry into "who said what to who" means football comes second again, says the BBC's Phil McNulty For an hour Stamford Bridge staged a football match to savour. Chelsea and Manchester United spent this time laying out every exhibit to illustrate their potential to be Premier League champions. The scenery was suddenly, uncomfortably, shifted. Show More Summary

Taylor's unwise words fail to spark Sunderland riposte

At The Stadium of Light Steven Taylor's provocative pre-match declaration that no Sunderland player would make Newcastle United's starting line-up should have been the spark to light a fire under Martin O'Neill's side. This Wear-Tyne...Show More Summary

England flounder in Polish damp squib

In Warsaw After the deluge came the damp squib. England grabbed gratefully at a point as they flew out of Warsaw but this was not a performance designed to make a 24-hour wait worthwhile. England's visit to Warsaw has almost been plucked...Show More Summary

Farce and ineptitude reign in Warsaw

In Warsaw England's World Cup qualifier with Poland was already dead in the water with U2's "Beautiful Day" ringing out in a moment bursting with irony as rain danced off a surface that resembled a swamp. The DJ inside Warsaw's £400m...Show More Summary

England eager to avoid a repeat of 1973

Warsaw England and Poland have World Cup history. It is a past that is revisited every time they meet and the next page will be written in Warsaw's spectacular National Stadium on Tuesday. The history is both rich and poor in an England...Show More Summary

England negotiate San Marino mismatch

At Wembley England goalkeeper Joe Hart did not have many touches at Wembley but every one was cheered resoundingly. The rafters almost shook when he finally laid hands on the ball in stoppage time. Roy Hodgson's side got the job done...Show More Summary

Level-headed Baines flies under the radar

As Ashley Cole faces disciplinary action after his Twitter abuse of the Football Association, Everton's Leighton Baines was busy presenting the acceptable face of England's left-back fraternity. The 27-year-old Merseysider has livedShow More Summary

Terry & Ferdinand incident continues to cause problems

The fall-out from John Terry's exchange with Anton Ferdinand during the west London derby between Chelsea and QPR almost a year ago continues to scatter itself around the Football Association. England defender Ashley Cole's profanity...Show More Summary

Brief fans' exchange should not overshadow fitting tribute

At Anfield The mosaics had been removed and the 96 red balloons had long since flown away from Anfield when the truce agreed in exchange for decency was briefly broken. Liverpool and Manchester United - the clubs and their supporters...Show More Summary

Champions League: British chances of success

The Uefa Champions League's power to surprise was illustrated perfectly by the hazards Chelsea negotiated to claim the prize owner Roman Abramovich craved most last season. On the brink against Napoli, Abramovich sacked Andre Villas-Boas...Show More Summary

Contented Villas-Boas finally feels some warmth

At the Madejski Stadium The recognition came 72 minutes into Andre Villas-Boas's fourth Premier League game in charge of Tottenham, moments after Gareth Bale's scuffed shot secured his first victory. Spurs led 2-0 at Reading and theShow More Summary

Margin for error narrows after England stumble

At Wembley "Let The Games Begin" proclaimed the match programme's front-page headline for England's World Cup qualifier with Ukraine - and how Wembley revelled in the great British summer of sport. Or at least it did for a few minutes...Show More Summary

Easy assignment but England can feel optimistic

England fitted in seamlessly with their surroundings as the World Cup journey they hope will end in Brazil in two years started with the smoothest of passages in Moldova. Chisinau's Zimbru Stadium offers a mix of Moldova's old and new. The...Show More Summary

Arsenal defeat adds to off field worries

Liverpool's inner workings will soon be exposed to public gaze via a fly-on-the-wall documentary. It may be to their eternal relief that the cameras stopped rolling before transfer deadline day. The events of the last 72 hours wouldShow More Summary

Liverpool v Manchester City: Flat City gives Roberto Mancini ammunition in battle to buy players

At Anfield Roberto Mancini's tongue was rattling loudly around in his cheek when he announced he wanted between 10 and 15 new players before Friday's transfer deadline - but he was happy to make his point all the same. Mancini makesShow More Summary

Towering Fellaini leaves Ferguson fuming

At Goodison Park The sound of Sir Alex Ferguson damning Everton with faint praise through grinding teeth will have been a sweet serenade to the ears of David Moyes. It was an unwitting tribute to a job perfectly done. This thunderous...Show More Summary

Rodgers's warnings borne out by heavy beating

At The Hawthorns Brendan Rodgers's conviction on his arrival at Liverpool that his restoration of the club's fortunes would not be a quick fix was underscored by his presentation of a 180-page dossier to the club's owners as a signpost...Show More Summary

'Angry' Sir Alex Ferguson fired up to reclaim title

From the very instant the final words of congratulation left Sir Alex Ferguson's lips and headed in the direction of new Premier League champions Manchester City, the Scot will have fixed every fibre on reclaiming the crown. And theShow More Summary

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