Mick McCarthy: “The first thing I said to the players in the dressing room after the game was what a belligerent, stubborn, hard working, tough, horrible bunch you have turned out to be and I love you and I am proud of you because you need all those qualities to be a good team. It is lovely to have.” Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

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Middlesbrough’s Patrick Bamford celebrates his goal  against Wigan with Albert Adomah during the  Championship match at the Riverside Stadium. Photograph:   Richard Sellers/PA

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 Kevin Doyle scored his only goal of an 11-month loan spell in an  FA Cup Third Round win over  Dover Athletic earlier this month.  Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

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 Jeff Hendrick: out of his club’s game at the weekend against Burnley as well as both of Ireland’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Derby County midfielder Jeff Hendrick will see a specialist tomorrow in the hope of discovering how long he will be laid up with a chipped bone in his(...)

Stephen Ward (left) has left Wolves for Brighton. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Richard Stearman. Photograph: Getty Images

Wolves defender Richard Stearman could be available to Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni next season.PA Sport understands the Football Ass(...)