Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill knows how to bring the best out of John O’Shea. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

This looked like a proper Republic of Ireland side sent out by people who know what Irish football is about

Ireland’s Shane Long  celebrates his late strike against Latvia.

Playing Robbie Keane as the lone striker has rarely worked

 John O’Shea, James McClean, Séamus Coleman  and Robbie Keane celebrate after Keane’s goal for the Republic of Ireland in last night’s friendly international against Latvia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

But O’Neill and Keane would have taken satisfaction from all the little things done right

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with assistant Roy Keane during last night’s training session at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Enjoy the trip lads, here’s looking forward to seeing you guide us on an epic journey

The Dream Team: Martin O’Neill greets Roy Keane during their Premier League days in 2008.

You have to bite your lip at times, something Martin O’Neill’s assistant may find difficult

Republic of Ireland interim manager Noel King: in just two games,  King tried to address the serious issue of been outnumbered in midfield.

Noel King’s brief tenure has shown that viable tactical alternatives are available to us

Noel King: criticism of his tactics and team selection against Germany were ‘ludicrous’.

Noel King can concentrate on an attacking approach in a game where Ireland should have significant possession

 The Republic of Ireland’s Anthony Stokes and Jerome Boateng of Germany contest an aerial ball during the World Cup qualifier in Cologne. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Noel King’s line-up battled valliantly but gulf in class was always likely to tell

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