Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy: “I’d love to have turned everybody on with some sexy football but, ultimately, we have won the game.”

Mick McCarthy knows who his reliables are. They have not changed. Nor will they. Seamus Coleman is the leader, followed in times of trouble by James M(...)

 David McGoldrick’s shot deflects off Joseph Chipolina and into the Gibraltar goal. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rep of Ireland 2 Gibraltar 0 Having had a gale force wind to blame for the narrowness of their victory at the Victoria Stadium a couple of months bac(...)

Ireland’s Shane Duffy and Jeff Hendrick celebrate at the final whistle in Copenhagen. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Shane Duffy described Alan Judge’s free for his late headed goal as the “perfect ball” and though Ireland’s overall performance left room for improvem(...)

 Shane Duffy heads home Ireland’s equaliser during the Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph:  Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

Denmark 1 Republic of Ireland 1 Another draw in Denmark where Shane Duffy’s headed equaliser late on gave Ireland a point they are bound to feel they(...)

Ireland’s James McClean and manager Mick McCarthy during training ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifier clash with  Denmark. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

The Irish team slipped pretty much unnoticed in and out of the Parken Stadium on Thursday evening with more local interest, it seemed, in registering (...)

Glenn Whelan has been released by Aston Villa following their promotion to the Premier League. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has cut a swathe through his squad as he plans for a return to the Premier League by releasing eight players. Just fiv(...)

Alan Browne at the Republic of Ireland training camp at Quinto do Lago, Faro, Portugal.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

If any of the Republic of Ireland players needed a clean slate under new management this year, it was Alan Browne. One of the most consistent Irish(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy in Faro, Portugal. Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Basking in the Algarve sun, Mick McCarthy could afford to smile when reflecting on his work to date in his second go at the Republic of Ireland job, a(...)

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish celebrates his side’s shootout victory at The Hawthorns. Photograph: PA

West Brom 1 Aston Villa 0 (2-2 on aggregate, Aston Villa win 4-3 on penalties) Aston Villa have a shot at redemption. Twelve months on from their pla(...)

Conor Hourihane celebrates scoring Aston Villa’s equaliser against West Brom. Photograph: Paul Harding/Getty

Aston Villa 2 West Bromwich Albion 1 Jack Grealish inspired Aston Villa’s comeback as a late show against West Brom put them on the brink of another (...)

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