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TERRACE TALK: Liverpool - Too many players know time is up

It’s been one of those weeks when perspective is put to the test.

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TERRACE TALK: Arsenal - Display of discord does nobody any favours

While myself and a substantial number of Gooners might well concur with the sentiments expressed in Saturday’s vague and decidedly futile protest, the somewhat embarrassing and decidedly schizophrenic scenes during our encounter with Norwich felt like a sad indictment of our modern day, social-media obsessed “supporters”.

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Jurgen Klopp refuses to slate young bucks after Liverpool lose to Swansea

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Jurgen Klopp was in no mood to turn on his young bucks at the Liberty Stadium after Swansea City not only spoilt Liverpool’s weekend but ensured another season in the Premier League.

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Arsene Wenger has no departure plans despite protests from some Arsenal supporters

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A half-baked protest calling for change drew as much criticism as the Arsenal player’s half-hearted performances this season, but it did succeed in putting Arsene Wenger’s future to the fore.

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How the Irish fared: David McGoldrick serves reminder as Brian Lenihan takes bow

It may prove too little, too late but David McGoldrick served a timely reminder to Martin O’Neill after scoring his first goal since August in Ipswich’s 3-2 championship win over MK Dons on Saturday.

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Exemplary Villarreal stand in Liverpool’s way

Villarreal coach Marcelino Garcia Toral spoke carefully but with clear emotion after his team had beaten Liverpool 1-0 in last Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg.

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Karl Darlow’s instincts boost Newcastle’s survival bid with win against Crystal Palace

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Logic and Newcastle United have never been the most regular of bedfellows, so it was perhaps fitting that an act of unfathomable reasoning should have such potentially significant ramifications for the continuance of top flight football on Tyneside.

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Mauricio Pochettino hopes Tottenham stability will attract stars

Mauricio Pochettino hopes his new Tottenham contract will help the club attract new stars this summer and keep their current ones.

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Gus Hiddink reveals extent of John Terry’s injury agony

Chelsea captain John Terry was near “unapproachable” during his injury-enforced absence and has the same unquenchable desire as ever, according to Guus Hiddink.

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Ronny Deila says his exit settled Celtic

Celtic boss Ronny Deila claims clarity regarding his future lay behind the convincing victory over Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday.

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West Ham raise the bar with record Premier League points haul

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West Ham captain Mark Noble insists the Hammers have set the standard after they maintained their European charge at West Brom.

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Minnows Frosinone hold mighty AC Milan

AC Milan just about managed to avoid a humiliating home defeat to Serie A strugglers FROSINONE yesterday but nevertheless lost their grip on sixth place.

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Troy Deeney double sinks sorry Aston Villa

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Boyhood Birmingham fan Troy Deeney could scarcely hide his delight at his two late goals which sank relegated Aston Villa.

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Mighty Wes Morgan stands tall against Man United as Leicester City close in on destiny

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Wes Morgan, the uncompromising journeyman defender who embodies the sheer romance and magnificence of Leicester City’s Premier League title assault, scored the vital goal that edged Claudio Ranieri’s most unlikely of champions ever closer to their dream.

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Tim Howard points finger at Everton players for disappointing season

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Tim Howard insists Everton’s failings this season lie with the players and not manager Roberto Martinez.

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Cork cracker sees Ballincollig dispatch Ringmahon Rangers

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In a historic all-Cork FAI Youths Cup final at Turner’s Cross, Ballincollig emerged victors in a cracking game that lived up to expectations.

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Sam Allardyce bids to instil belief in nervy Sunderland

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Sam Allardyce will spend the week trying to take the pressure off his Sunderland players in their relegation fight.

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Louis van Gaal blames Robert Huth for inciting ‘human’

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal last night called for the FA to take disciplinary action against Leicester defender Robert Huth as his own player Marouane Fellaini faces punishment for throwing an elbow during the teams’ 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

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TERRACE TALK: Man United - Tepid start to a possible nightmare week

Yesterday was May 1, traditionally a date that’s a holiday for the working classes of the world, so I suppose we should be grateful for the 25 first-half minutes of exciting graft Manchester United’s wage slaves did deign to give us.

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Manuel Pellegrini dismay at inept Man City defence as they concede four against Southampton

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Manuel Pellegrini’s shock at his Manchester City side’s performance was clear.

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Kevin Keegan: Fergie and Wenger got on my wick

As seen on Friday night’s The Late Late Show, Kevin Keegan was in Dublin yesterday to talk about his invention, Sokka, a suite of fully interactive football games that are real world, not virtual, designed to get your body, as well as your brain, working up a sweat.

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Claudio Ranieri: Money can’t buy success

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri insists money cannot buy success, with the Foxes three points away from the Premier League title.

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Mauricio Pochettino: I can build legacy like Fergie did at United

Mauricio Pochettino believes he can be Tottenham’s Alex Ferguson after agreeing a new contract with the club.

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Liverpool’s Klopp stands by Sturridge decision

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no regrets about leaving Daniel Sturridge on the bench for their Europa League semi-final defeat in Villarreal and even with hindsight would make the same decision again.

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I showed loyalty, Arsene Wenger reminds fans

Arsene Wenger has defended his record at Arsenal as their supporters prepare to protest against the club, claiming only his loyalty secured the funding required to build the Emirates Stadium.

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Longford rescue dramatic draw

Galway United 2 Longford Town 2: Longford Town staged a dramatic recovery mission at Eamonn Deacy Park to secure a share of the spoils.

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Karl Sheppard shows way for Cork

Cork City 1 St Patrick’s Athletic 0: Karl Sheppard’s third goal in three games saw Cork City move up to second in the SSE Airtricity League premier division table after a narrow win over St Pat’s at Turners Cross last night.

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Raffaele Cretaro and Jimmy Keohane swoop as Sligo stun Derry City

Derry City 0 Sligo Rovers 2: Sligo Rovers recorded their first back-to-back league wins of the season when shocking Derry City at the Brandywell thanks to a goal on either side of half-time.

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League of Ireland roundup: Ryan Curran goal sees Finn Harps claim a point at Wexford

Finn Harps came away from Wexford Youths last night delighted as Ryan Curran’s goal claimed them a 1-1 draw.

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Shamrock Rovers secure much-needed win

Shamrock Rovers 2 Bray Wanderers 0: Killian Brennan and Dean Clarke scored second-half goals to earn Shamrock Rovers a much-needed win against 10-man Bray Wanderers at Tallaght Stadium.

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Jon Walters may return for Stoke

Ireland striker Jon Walters could make his return for Stoke against Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium today.

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Daryl Horgan brace delivers another Dundalk win

Bohemians 0 Dundalk 2: A brace from Daryl Horgan gave table-toppers Dundalk the points from this keenly-contested encounter at Dalymount Park against a Bohemians side who have now lost three league games on the trot.

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This weekend’s Premier League talking points

All the talking points ahead of another weekend of football

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