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(...)

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter asked brother-in-law Scott Parker for advice following his first Ireland call-up. Photograph: Inpho

Harry Arter had only to turn to his brother-in-law for advice as he prepared to embark upon his senior international career with the Republic of Irela(...)

Ireland fans Neil Cotter and Mark May from Glasnevin with Polish fans in Poznan during Euro 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Next Sunday night, the Republic of Ireland take on Poland in a Uefa European Championship qualifier in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. It is the perfect momen(...)

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis faces his old club Stoke City on the back of last weekend’s FA Cup defeat to Aston Villa. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

SATURDAY (3.0 unless stated)Arsenal (3) v West Ham (10) - Live on SetantaArsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces up to a month out with a hamstring in(...)

A good reason to get shirtyYesterday, as you no doubt know, was International Women’s Day, and Indonesian company Salvo Sports Apparel spent a good ch(...)

Jonathan Walters bagged a hat-trick as Stoke City saw off QPR 3-1 at the Britannia Stadium. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Stoke City 3 QPR 1 QPR remain without an away point this season and second-bottom of the Barclays Premier League after Jonathan Walters’ hat-tr(...)

Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to the Liverpool team for the first time since August for their Premier League meeting with West Ham at Anfield. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Hull (18) v Newcastle (11), 12.45pm - Live BT Sports 1 Hull should welcome back strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez. The duo (...)

Stoke City’s Stephen Ireland celebrates scoring against Wrexham in the   FA Cup, third round match at the Britannia Stadium. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

Stoke City 3 Wrexham 1Stephen Ireland ensured there will be no non-league representatives in the fourth-round draw of the FA Cup after Stoke City were(...)

Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring his sides second goal of the game against Stoke City   at the Britannia Stadium. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Stoke City 0 Chelsea 2The portents are promising for Chelsea and ominous for their rivals. This is the fourth time that Chelsea have enjoyed the view (...)

Jonathan Walters celebrates with Bojan scoring the winning goal against Arsenal last weeklend. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters.

There are those who believe Metallica wrote a song about Jonathan Walters’s Premier League career. At several points over the years even some Stoke(...)