Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty shoots to score their late equaliser past Hungary’s goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly during the Euro 2016 qualifying Group F matchat Windsor Park in Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland 1 Hungary 1 They may well have heard the noise on the Cave Hill. You can see it now that the Kop at Windsor Park is no more. But its (...)

Kyle Lafferty: “I had to grow up sometime. The team and the country needs the Kyle Lafferty with the head screwed on”. Photograph: William Cherry/INPHO/Presseye

Two years ago this week Steven Davis was part of a Northern Ireland side that lost 3-2 to Luxembourg on the way to finishing fifth in their World Cup (...)

Southampton’s Italian striker Graziano Pellè  tries an overhead kick against Norwich City at St Mary’s Stadium. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Southampton 3 Norwich 0 Southampton needed this. After the disappointment of their Europa League exit and the general sense that they were fighting bo(...)

Manchester City’s  Vincent Kompany is a doubt for the Manchester derby on Sunday.

Saturday, April 11thBurnley (19) v Arsenal (2)Burnley’s Matt Taylor could return from a seven-and-a-half month Achilles injury lay-off but fellow midf(...)

 Kyle Lafferty scores Northern Ireland’s first goal in their 2-1 win over Finland which leaves them second in Group F. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Northern Ireland 2 Finland 1They were handing out leaflets mentioning sin and Satan on Olympia Drive adjacent to Windsor Park on Sunday, but inside th(...)

Shane Long (second from left) is congratulated by his Southampton team-mates after opening the scoring in the FA Cup third-round replay against Ipswich Town at   Portman Road. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Ipswich 0 Southampton 1Having produced what several experts described as the perfect away performance to beat Manchester United in the Premier League (...)

 Darren Ambrose of Ipswich (left) celebrates with teammate Luke Hyam of Ipswich after scoring the opening goal against Southampton. Photograph:  Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Southampton 1 Ipswich Town 1 If matches were decided on the basis of possession and territorial dominance alone, then Southampton would already be in (...)

Sadio Mane is mobbed by his Southampton team mates after giving the Saints the lead against Arsenal at St Mary’s (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Southampton 2 Arsenal 0Wojciech Szczesny reached into the back of the net for his bottle and he took a long glug. The only pity for the Arsenal goalke(...)

West Ham’s Andy Carroll  celebrates scoring in the  Premier League match against  Leicester City at the Boleyn Ground. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Premier League round-up: Andy Carroll was on target as West Ham’s fourth win in five games ensured Leicester would be bottom of the Premier League at (...)

Frank Lampard of Manchester City shoots past Maya Yoshida of Southampton to score their second goal during the Premier League match  at St Mary’s Stadium. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Southampton 0 Manchester City 3The champions are stirring. Manchester City’s third win in eight days has shaved the distance between them and Chelsea (...)