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DERBY DEMANDS: Manchester United's Angel di Maria takes a break during training at the Aon Training Complex. Picture: Matthew Peters

Van Gaal: I’m not jealous of City’s big squad

PREMIER LEAGUE:
Man City v Man Utd
Louis van Gaal insists he has no reason to be jealous of Manchester City’s stellar squad.

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St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley. Picture: Donall Farmer

Pressure on St Pat’s to end cup drought

FAI FORD CUP FINAL:
Derry City v St Patrick’s Athletic
The elephant isn’t only in the room at Richmond Park, it’s on the pitch, in the stands and, most conspicuously, in the trophy cabinet, where it has taken up residence since 1961 – famously, the last occasion on which St Patrick’s Athletic lifted the FAI Cup, when they beat Drumcondra 2-1 in a Dublin derby in front of 22,000 people at Dalymount Park.

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

Hutton ‘touch and go’ for Scots as Hughes questions Whelan call-up

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has been handed a boost after it emerged yesterday that Scotland right-back Alan Hutton is a doubt for the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier at Parkhead on November 14.

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Highbury, Arsenal's home for 93 years, is now home to a block of apartments.

England’s lost grounds

A youngster could once recite all of England’s football grounds without listing a mix of international and obscure commercial brands.

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Manuel Pellegrini. Picture: PA

I’m not feeling the pressure, insists Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he is not feeling the heat at the Etihad Stadium.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he is powerless to stop Diego Costa joining up with Spain for the forthcoming internationals.

Jose ‘happy where we are’

PREMIER LEAGUE
Chelsea v QPR
Chelsea are fulfilling the early-season objectives set by manager Jose Mourinho, who can see potential for improvement in his Barclays Premier League leaders.

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GRIPPING ENCOUNTER: Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran battles with FacundoFerreyra in  training ysterday ahead of today's Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool at St James' Park. Picture: Getty Images

Lallana promises best is yet to come

PREMIER LEAGUE:
Liverpool v Newcastle
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is confident there is plenty more to come from him and the team this term.

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Alan Pardew

DIY expert Pardew finally putting pieces together

DIY expert Alan Pardew is taking the IKEA approach to dragging Newcastle out of the doldrums.

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FIGHTING INSTINCTS: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admires the energy and devilry of Chile international Alexis Sanchez. Picture: Clive Rose

Gunners’ ‘street fighters’ a special breed

PREMIER LEAGUE:
Arsenal v Burnley
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists the fighting instincts shared by Alexis Sanchez and Luis Suarez were honed on the streets of South America.

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Galway players celebrate at the end of the game. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Galway master UCD and secure Premier spot

Airtricity League Promotion/relegation play-off
Galway FC 3 UCD 0 - Galway FC win 5-1 on aggregate

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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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