Stoke City’s Stephen Ireland lies on the ground  after the tackle from Hull City’s Maynor Figueroa, which left him needing 12-15 stitches. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Steve Bruce has hit back at Stoke City after a gory picture emerged of a bloody gash in Stephen Ireland’s leg following a challenge by Maynor Figueroa(...)

James Milner’s late free kick rescued a point for Manchester City as they drew 1-1 at home to Hull. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester City 1 Hull City 1Substitute James Milner struck a superb injury-time free-kick as lacklustre champions Manchester City rescued a point wit(...)

Newcastle United’s English striker Sammy Ameobi  celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Hull City and Newcastle United at the KC Stadium in HullPhotograph: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP

Hull City 0-3 Newcastle UnitedSecond-half strikes from Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran ensured John Carver’s reign as permanent Newcastle head coach go(...)

Despair for goalkeeper Allan McGregor of Hull City as Andy Carroll of West Ham United celebrates scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Hull City. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

West Ham 3-0 Hull CityAt the interval here, as the Upton Park crowd booed and torpor reigned supreme, it was easy to think of the corresponding fixtur(...)

 Alan Pardew left Newcastle United to manage Crystal Palace.  Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Alan Pardew wants to restore the spirit of his playing days after coming “home” to take over as Crystal Palace manager.Pardew was released from his Ne(...)

Crystal Palace are set to make an official approach for Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew as they look to replace the sacked Neil Warnock

Crystal Palace are expected to make a formal approach for Alan Pardew early this week after identifying the Newcastle United manager as their preferre(...)

Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill and his backroom team. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having regularly bemoaned the lengthy periods of inactivity through his first few months in the job and itched to get going on the competitive front, (...)

The  Republic of Ireland’s James McClean scores  his side’s third goal against the USA at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo:   Brian Lawless/PA

A comprehensive victory that should alleviate some of the pain from last Friday’s defeat in Glasgow.We need to start with Robbie Brady’s excellent dis(...)

Robbie Brady celebrates scoring Ireland’s fourth goal and his second  with Hull City clubmate David Meyler (left). Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Getting back on the horse is a damn sight easier when the old steed crouches down to meet you. The Republic of Ireland probably weren’t full value for(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: still looking to impose a discernible  system on the side. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tonight’s game is overshadowed by the lingering disappointment of Friday’s loss in Scotland. Poland’s very comfortable win in Georgia, which put them (...)