Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at a press conference. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

When José Mourinho observed a couple of seasons ago that the 1-1 draw his side had taken back home from Galatasaray in the first knockout round was(...)

Ireland fans celebrate Robbie Brady’s goal in Zenica. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The rulebook says in these situations that a game in which a late lead has been surrendered is supposed to feel like a defeat but there was little sen(...)

Martin O’Neill: “You can’t win these ties in the first leg but you can certainly lose them.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Having been fortunate on each of the previous occasions that the team has qualified for a tournament via the playoffs, the Republic of Ireland, it see(...)

David Meyler (right) has been ruled out of the play-off games against Bosnia after picking up a knee injury in training. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland midfielder David Meyler has been ruled out of both European Championship play-off games against Bosnia and Herzegovina and will al(...)

Wes Hoolahan has only started an away game but in Gibraltar could prove vital for Ireland in Zenica. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has some major decisions to make. Despite the amazing fact that his team only conceded seven goals in 10 group games, our defence was c(...)

Richard Keogh: “The change of manager has helped me, he has shown a lot of faith in me and I feel like I’ve taken the opportunities he has given me.” Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

He was, by common enough consent, the best player on the pitch for Ireland the night they lost to Scotland in Glasgow, and then he partnered John O(...)

Martin O’Neill, with Bosnia-Herzegovina head coach Mehmed Bazdarevic, has named a provisional squad for the Euro 2016 play-offs.

Martin O’Neill is without Reading midfielder Stephen Quinn for the European Championship play-off games against Bosnia and Herzegovina but the Repu(...)

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy scores the only goal of the Premier League clash  against Crystal palace at  King Power Stadium. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Leicester 1 Crystal Palace 0 Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game and created a little piece of history in the process as Leicester edged to a(...)

Martin O’Neill: “We know what we have to do . . . we have to have a high scoring draw; really we have to try to win the game.” Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

It’s only a couple of years now since the then Poland manager Waldemar Fornalik used 54 players over the course of just one season. As they prepare fo(...)

Shay Given was stretchered off during Ireland’s 1-0 win over Germany and will miss Sunday’s game against Poland. Photograph: PA

Goalkeeper Shay Given is out of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying showdown with Poland on Sunday night. The 39-year-old was carried from the field on a s(...)