Albert Adomah of Middlesbrough is tackled by Norwich City’s Alex Tettey during the English  Championship match at Carrow Road on Friday night. Photograph: Getty.

  Norwich City 0 Middlesbrough 1 An early own goal from Alex Tettey sent Middlesbrough top of the table to leave Norwich City frett(...)

Polish fans set off flares before the Group D qualifier against the Republic of Ireland  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Both the Republic of Ireland and Poland face Uefa charges arising out of Sunday night’s Group D Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.Martin O’Neil(...)

Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long scores their late equaliser against Poland. Photograph: Getty Images 7:42

Last-gasp goal hero Shane Long is convinced qualification for the Euro 2016 finals remains in the Republic of Ireland’s own hands.The striker came of(...)

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(...)

Shay Given and his team-mates salute the crowd at the end of the game at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was a night that started well for Shay Given, the veteran goalkeeper who returned against Poland to earn his 128th senior international cap, and(...)

Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long celebrates scoring the equaliser with Wes Hoolahan and James McClean during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying game  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 3:20

Republic of Ireland 1 Poland 1At this rate, if Ireland make it to the Euros they’ll be the ones sprinting through the airport as the gate closes. For (...)

Shane Long wheels away in celebration after scoring the Republic of Ireland equaliser against Poland in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho 7:42

Republic of Ireland 1 Poland 1 So, a night full of passion on pride at the Aviva but points, as they say make prizes, and like the loyalties of(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane briefs the assembled media at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It might just have something to do with the ill will that marked the closing stages of his last press conference but sit-down privileges with Ireland’(...)

 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(...)

Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill and his backroom team. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having regularly bemoaned the lengthy periods of inactivity through his first few months in the job and itched to get going on the competitive front, (...)