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 Stephen Kenny:  things should  improve defensively ahead of the campaign’s resumption but it is no clearer now than it was before the recent  window of games where the goals are going to come from.   Photograph:  Trenka Attila/PA

Having put a bit of distance between himself and his predecessors in recent weeks with all the talk about the scale of change he is trying to achieve (...)

 Gerson Rodrigues turns away to celebrate scoring Luxembourg’s winner in the World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 0 Luxembourg 1 A couple of good years under Martin O’Neill aside, perhaps, the new Lansdowne Road has not been anything like the (...)

The result is a devastating blow for Ireland manager Stephen Kenny who has now gone 10 games without a win. Photograph: PA

Republic of Ireland 0 Luxembourg 1 Ireland’s new World Cup campaign was thrown into turmoil at an empty Aviva stadium on Saturday night as Luxembourg(...)

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny shakes hands with his Serbian counterpart Dragan Stojkovic in Belgrade. Photograph: Nikola Krstic/Inpho

No Belgrade football night has been as peaceful but even in an empty, echoing stadium, the tribulations continue for Stephen Kenny. His young team wer(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Mark Travers dives in vain as Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic (not pictured) scores their second goal during the  World Cup qualifier in Belgrade. Photograph:  Novak Djurovic/PA Wire

Serbia 3 Republic of Ireland 2 For a short spell in the second half it seemed as though we might have been watching a re-run of Ireland’s last World (...)

Alan Browne climbs to give Ireland the lead in their loss to Serbia. Photograph: Nikola Krstic/Inpho

Not sure about your neighbourhood, but there was a noticeable absence of inflatable bananas ‘round this way in the build-up to the opening game of our(...)

Preston midfielder Alan Browne is hoping his experience and goal threat will help the Ireland squad in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. File photograph: PA

His performance in Slovakia may not have marked Alan Browne out as the most likely solution to Ireland’s goalscoring problem but the Preston midfielde(...)

Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki scores his side’s first goal during the  Championship match against Blackburn Rovers  at Ewood Park. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Teemu Pukki scored twice as Championship leaders Norwich made it three straight wins with a 2-1 victory at Blackburn. Pukki opened the scoring in the(...)

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny with Dara O’Shea after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Stephen Kenny admitted that he was relieved that Ireland have not been relegated to the third tier of the Nations League but admitted that it not some(...)

Robbie Brady hits the bar against Bulgaria. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

23 Darren Randolph (West Ham United) Became the third Ireland goalkeeper after Packie Bonner and Shay Given to reach 50 caps, but didn’t have much to(...)

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