Adam Johnson of Sunderland scores the winning goal late on in the premier league match against Newcastle at   St James’ Park. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Newcastle 0 Sunderland 1Newcastle United are supposed to be counter-attacking specialists but they ended up being hoist by their own petard as a brill(...)

 Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea (left) celebrates with (r-l) Jeff Hendrick, James McClean and Jon Walters after his  equaliser in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

There were echoes of Ibaraki, 2002, about Ireland’s draw in Gelsenkirchen but just about everything about October’s late equaliser seemed somehow mor(...)

Referee Kevin Friend shows a yellow card to Diego Costa of Chelsea after a clash with Sunderland’s Wes Brown during the Premier League match at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images
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  • November 30, 2014, 07:30

Diego Costa has missed enough Chelsea matches thanks to his dodgy hamstrings but the league leaders will miss him for Wednesday night’s league game(...)

Referee Kevin Friend shows a yellow card to Diego Costa of Chelsea after a clash with Sunderland’s Wes Brown  during the Premier League match  at the  Stadium of Light. Photograph:  Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho leapt to the defence of striker Diego Costa after a hard-fought encounter with Sunderland ended in a 0-0 draw at the Stadiu(...)

Diego Costa of Chelsea clashes with  John O’Shea of Sunderland during the  Premier League match  at Stadium of Light. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Sunderland 0 Chelsea 0Willian and Santiago Vergini both hit the woodwork as Sunderland extended their run of good results against Chelsea with a 0-0 d(...)

Ciaran Clark challenges Irish team mate Shane Long during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park last night. Photograph:  Nick Potts/Pa

He mightn’t have featured at all if it wasn’t for a litany of recent injuries to Aston Villa’s centre backs, but Ciaran Clark’s performance during (...)

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 (...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at international squad training at Gannon Park, Malahide. Photograph: Inpho. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, Gannon Park, Malahide, Dublin 17/11/2014Assistant manager Roy KeaneMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer 4:49

Martin O’Neill says he continues to be “delighted,” to have Roy Keane as his assistant manager and that he has no problem with the Cork man expressin(...)

Alex Pearce and Stephen Quinn during Ireland’s training session in Malahide. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho 4:49

Amid all the talk of distractions, tonight’s game against the USA somehow seems like one itself. It will doubtless be a welcome one, though, to Martin(...)

Martin O’Neill reminded reporters today that he initially brought Roy Keane into the set-up and he remains happy with his input, as are the players. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho 4:49

Martin O’Neill says he continues to be “delighted” to have Roy Keane as his assistant manager and that he has no problem with the Corkman expressin(...)