Martin O’Neill had a feel for the occasion by fielding an attacking line-up, just like Ireland always should do at home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 3:20

The resilience shown by the Republic of Ireland players is important.Shane Long’s goal keeps this tough qualification campaign on track but victory ag(...)

Poland’s Slawomir Peszko scores his side’s goal to put the home team under pressure. Photograph: Reuters/PaulChilds 7:42

Sometimes in football you make a good decision that ends up looking like a bad one. Martin O’Neill made two big calls last night and if the 1-1 res(...)

Lukasz Fabianski saves a header from Robbie Keane. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

First, just a quick thanks to rugby for the half decent job it did of filling the international telly gap between November and last night, but, at las(...)

Shane Long celebrates after scoring a late equaliser against Poland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Dublin 4 proved to be a home away from home for Poland, as many places do for one of the world’s great diasporas. But on a night when Irish support(...)

Shay Given and his team-mates salute the crowd at the end of the game at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was a night that started well for Shay Given, the veteran goalkeeper who returned against Poland to earn his 128th senior international cap, and(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder  Wes Hoolahan holds off the challenge of Poland’s  Tomasz Jodlowiec during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 1 Poland 1: Player ratings16 Shay Given 6/10Nothing to do really. Peszko’s goal was a curling, left footed strike.Encouraging to see him start(...)

Shane Long wheels away in celebration after scoring the Republic of Ireland equaliser against Poland in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho 7:42

Republic of Ireland 1 Poland 1 So, a night full of passion on pride at the Aviva but points, as they say make prizes, and like the loyalties of(...)

Robbie Keane being put through his paces ahead of the Poland game. LA-based striker should be more involved than last outing in Glasgow. Photograph: Donnall Farmer/Inpho 2:59

A detailed history of Ireland’s many encounters with Poland would run to several volumes and contain its share of comedy and calamity but it is the(...)

Stephen Ward (2nd from right) in training on Friday with fellow Republic of Ireland squad members   Cyrus Christie, Wes Hoolahan and Harry Arter. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho 2:59

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says Stephen Ward may yet feature in Sunday’s vital European Championship qualifying game against Poland at(...)

James McClean says will be happy to play anywhere for Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

On Tuesday the Republic of Ireland player nominated to chat with the media was Harry Arter, much of the talk centring around top-of-the-Championship B(...)