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Rodgers joy as Reds end Pochettino’s honeymoon

Tottenham 0 Liverpool 3
Just three games in, and it seems the early assessments of Tottenham and Liverpool were delivered prematurely.

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Clock ticking as Gunners’ striker paucity clear

Leicester 1 Arsenal 1
As Yaya Sanogo allowed another chance to slip away, the Arsenal fans made their feelings clear.

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Keane’s Irish Tigers tamed

Aston Villa 2 Hull City 1
This is the fixture where Hull’s band of Irishmen try to impress and depress Roy Keane in equal measure, and the trusty right-hand man of both Martin O’Neill and Paul Lambert will have much to tell the former when they meet up to plot the downfall of Oman and then Georgia.

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TERRACE TALK: Reaction from the weekend’s top Premier League action

Chelsea: ‘Absolutely horrible monster’ Costa just what we needed

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O’Shea: Declare your intent

Ireland stalwart John O’Shea is pleading with English-born players mulling over joining Martin O’Neill’s set-up to decide their international future sooner rather than later.

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Barca splash the cash

Unless Real Madrid president Florentino Perez unveils yet another galactico before the transfer window shuts tonight, Barcelona will be La Liga’s biggest spenders this summer — having spent over €155 million on seven different players.

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Ireland await Noble’s call

While the veteran Shay Given was yesterday expressing his delight at an unexpected return to the Irish squad, potential new recruit Mark Noble was saying he still had a decision to make about his international future.

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Fletcher retains faith in system

Burnley 0 Man United 0
The new era at Manchester United is prone to error, that much is clear, but midfield stalwart Darren Fletcher insists, like the manager who has decreed a fresh system, that they are getting there.

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Ireland blow as Hendrick ruled out of opening Euro qualifier

With the start of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign less than a week away, the weekend’s championship action brought some unwelcome news for Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill as Jeff Hendrick suffered a dislocated shoulder in Derby’s 1-1 draw with Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich.

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Jose: We are going in right direction

Everton 3 Chelsea 6
Winning popularity contests has, seemingly, always been a distant second to winning football matches on Jose Mourinho’s list of priorities at Chelsea.

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Hughes finds edge to blunt champs

Man City 0 Stoke 1
As the man who helped Manchester City’s billionaire Middle East owners take their first fledgling footsteps in English football, Mark Hughes has had his own small part to play in the club’s meteoric rise to the summit of the domestic game in England.

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Koeman determined Saints will not abandon stylish principles

West Ham 1 Southampton 3
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has vowed to keep trying to win games with style rather than simply grinding out results.

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Redknapp lauds Austin as QPR get off the mark

QPR 1 Sunderland 0
Harry Redknapp has backed Charlie Austin to become the latest former non-League star to make a successful transition to life in the top flight.

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Warnock getting message across

Newcastle 3 Crystal Palace 3
Very much the archetypal straight-talking Yorkshireman, Neil Warnock rarely has a problem getting his message across.

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Dyer focuses only on high-flying Swans

Swansea 3 West Brom 0
Nathan Dyer feels focusing on high-flying Swansea is the key to fulfilling his England dream.

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Shels and Pat’s face off

Following a first drawn game at Richmond Park and then a replay at Tolka Park which had to be abandoned due to floodlight failure, Shelbourne and St. Patrick’s Athletic will be looking to settle the issue at the third attempt when they meet in their rescheduled FAI Ford Cup third round game tie at Tolka Park tonight (kick off 8pm).

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Spurs' Harry Kane has impressed this season, another player to benefit from the new feelgood atmosphere at White Hart Lane.

Rodgers must buck a worrying slide

PREMIER LEAGUE:
Tottenham v Liverpool
They come, they go. Football’s magic roundabout spins so fast, sometimes it easy to forget how quickly things can change.

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Photographers snap manager Louis van Gaal and new Manchester United  signing Angel di Maria at the Argentine's unveiling this week. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA

Van Gaal’s title vow and pledge to rule Europe

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Burnley v Manchester Utd
Louis van Gaal has vowed to win the Premier League next season, and then lift the Champions League as part of an ambitious three-year plan at Manchester United.

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Brian Lenihan (left) in action for Cork City

Lenihan’s move to Hull nearing completion

Brian Lenihan is this weekend putting the finishing touches to a deal which will make him a Hull City player, although confirmation of the move is not now expected until Monday.

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Cork City's Dan Murray goes highest to head clear from Athlone's Philip Gorman. Picture: James Crombie/Inpho

Athlone put the brakes on Cork

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Athlone Town 2 Cork Ciuy 2
Cork City let slip a great chance to keep pace with Dundalk at the top of the Airtricity League table last night when they twice failed to hold on to a lead against Athlone Town — most significantly conceding a 20-yard strike to James O’Brien just 20 seconds after the ex-Limerick player came off the bench for the hosts.

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CRUNCH TIME: Dundalk's Daryl Horgan battles with Bohemians' Roberto Lopes in last night's Premier League clash at Oriel Park. Picture: Oliver McVeigh

McMillan double a tonic for Lilies

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Dundalk 3 Bohemians 2
David McMillan came to Dundalk’s rescue at Oriel Park last night after the super sub came off the bench to hit a second-half double against Bohemians to overturn a half-time deficit and move six points clear at the summit of the Premier Division.

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Manuel Pellegrini: Aware of the threat posed by tough Stoke side.

Pellegrini insists City can cope with expectation

PREMIER LEAGUE:
Man City v Stoke
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has no doubt his team can handle the pressure of expectation.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Ox says ‘togetherness’ can get Gunners over the line

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Leicester v Arsnal
Per Mertesacker puffed out his cheeks. Santi Cazorla shook his head, but with a smile. As the Arsenal players filed out of the Emirates following Wednesday night’s 1-0 Champions League win over Besiktas, the overriding feeling among the squad was one of sheer relief.

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Former French  star Youri Djorkaeff, right, joking with UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino  during yesterday's Europa League draw in Monaco. Picture: AP

Toffees facing minefield in Europe

Everton may be returning to European football in the continent’s secondary competition, but they have been drawn in a group worthy of the Champions League, according to one of the men plotting their downfall.

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Ronny Deila

Lawwell backing for Deila

Celtic’s chief executive Peter Lawwell has given Ronny Deila a vote of confidence and insists the Parkhead club have to "keep the head" as their new manager finds himself under fire.

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