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Fletcher targets ‘massive’ result

The rivalry between Scotland and Ireland ahead of next month’s Euro 2016 qualifier is providing plenty of fodder for conversation in the north east corner of England these days.

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Jovetic: City will show ‘real face’ in derby

Stevan Jovetic insists Manchester City are firm favourites to win this weekend’s derby against United despite their recent wobble.

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Rodgers has ‘no concern’ about Mario’s ability to handle provocation

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he has "no concern" about Mario Balotelli and that the controversial Reds striker does not need any kind of protection from provocation.

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Long delighted to break duck for Saints

Republic of Ireland international striker Shane Long has expressed relief at scoring for Southampton — at the 12th attempt.

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Winning the name of the game for Ventre

The first captain to lift the fabled trophy at the newly opened Aviva Stadium in 2010, Danny Ventre knows there is nothing better than that winning feeling.

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Relief for O’Neill as Gibson available for Scotland tie

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that the injury sustained by Darron Gibson is not as bad as first feared and – and Martin O’Neill will be pleased to learn – the midfielder is not now regarded as a doubt for Ireland’s match against Scotland on November 14.

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Dunne: Galway will give it everything

It’s advantage Galway going into the second and decisive leg of their promotion/relegation play-off against UCD at Eamonn Deacy Park tonight (kick off 7.45pm) , after the First Division team struck late to beat their Premier Division opponents 2-1 away from home in the first leg.

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FAI made mistakes, concedes Delaney

John Delaney has admitted the FAI made mistakes in their distribution of tickets to Irish supporters for the game against Scotland in Glasgow on November 14 and says that measures will be taken to try and ensure loyal followers of the national team don’t miss out on away games in the future.

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Gibson a fresh O’Neill injury worry with jarred knee

MARTIN O’NEILL will be anxiously waiting on news from Everton today where Darron Gibson is to undergo tests after sustaining an injury in training.

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Regular away fans should be ‘prioritised’

Loyal Ireland fans who traipsed to Tbilisi and Gelsenkirchen should be rewarded with tickets for the Scotland game next month, according to Martin O’Neill.

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Pelle strikes late winner as Saints march on

Stoke 2 Southampton 3

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Magpies pile misery on misfiring City

Man City 0 Newcastle 2

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Spurs labour to beat out-of-form Brighton

Tottenham 2 Brighton 0

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St Pats’ Hoare has sights set on completing cup double

Sunday could turn out to be a giddy climax to an already landmark week for St Patrick’s Athletic centre-half Sean Hoare, who only yesterday graduated from NUI Maynooth with a degree in business and accounting.

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Toure expects Balotelli to push on

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has no doubt team-mate Mario Balotelli is one of the best players in the world and is backing the striker to go on a scoring run following his goal in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup win over Swansea.

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O’Neill ready to wait on Grealish

Martin O’Neill will wait from word from Jack Grealish as to whether the Aston Villa winger wants to make his full Ireland debut against USA on Nov 18.

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Balotelli and Lovren net late to save Liverpool

Capital One Cup Fourth-Round
Liverpool 2 Swansea 1

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Manuel Pellegrini

Rooney doubt means nothing to Pellegrini

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists uncertainty over Wayne Rooney’s fitness will have no bearing on his plan for this weekend’s Manchester derby.

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Ireland’s Gibraltar clash confirmed for Faro

Gibraltar have confirmed their Euro 2016 home qualifier against Ireland next year will take place in Faro.

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Liam Buckley

Buckley eyes silver lining for Pat’s

Liam Buckley, boss of newly dethroned Airtricity League champions St Patrick’s Athletic, sent texts to the winning and losing managers after last Friday night’s decider in Oriel Park saw Dundalk get the better of title rivals Cork City on the final night.

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Philip Lowry

Lowry aims to keep 100% record

In possession of a degree in pharmacy — and three doubles in his spell with Linfield — Philip Lowry knows well that getting the chemistry right is key to Derry City’s FAI Ford Cup aspirations at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

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Drogba on target again as Chelsea survive scare

Capital One Cup Fourth-Round
Shrewsbury 1 Chelsea 2

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