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Opinion: Ireland Must Go Wide To Overcome Serbia

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia 2/9/2017 Georgia vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's James McClean and Shane Long with Referee Ivan Kruzliak

Martin O’Neill has come in for some sharp but generally constructive criticism following Ireland’s abject display against Georgia at the weekend. The first half was the worst 45 minutes from an Ireland side many will remember. There were many problems on the night, the bulk of them originating from a central midfield trio unable to effect the game with or …

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Eamon Dunphy Savages Martin O’Neill And Roy Keane’s Ireland Tactics

Dunphy O'Neill Keane

Eamon Dunphy wasn’t holding back when discussing Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane’s tactical approach to last weekend’s draw in Georgia. The pair have been lambasted not just for the poor result but the overall performance, and the RTE pundit was in no mood to let them away with anything. Speaking on 2FM’s Game On programme on Monday …

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Watch: Shane Long Makes Young Fan’s Day With Some Surprise News

The Irish team’s focus at the moment will, of course, be solely directed on overcoming a tough Serbian outfit on Tuesday night, but there was one fantastic moment of distraction for Shane Long ahead of the game. As part of Three’s #TheCallUp campaign, the Southampton striker surprised Chloe, the young supporter featured in the video, with an Ireland jersey and …

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How Injury-Hit Ireland Should Line Up Against Serbia

Tbilisi , Georgia - 2 September 2017; Republic of Ireland team before the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Georgia and Republic of Ireland at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Ireland enter into Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier against Serbia knowing that, really, only a win will do in their quest to finish top of Group D. Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Georgia has increased the pressure on Martin O’Neill and the Boys in Green to deliver at the Aviva, knowing that defeat will put that top spot almost certainly beyond …

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Ireland Facing More Injury Problems Ahead Of Serbia Clash

Dublin , Ireland - 7 June 2017; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during squad training at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Ireland’s injury problems could be set to mount ahead of Tuesday night’s must-win World Cup qualifier against Serbia. The 1-1 draw in Tbilisi on Saturday has put a serious dent in Martin O’Neill’s hopes of progressing from the group automatically, but securing all three points at the Aviva will put them back in the driving seat going into the final …

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Opinion: Ireland’s Neglect of Available Technical Ability Cannot Continue

Tbilisi , Georgia - 2 September 2017; Republic of Ireland players from left, Daryl Murphy, Shane Duffy, Darren Randolph and Stephen Ward at the end of the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Georgia and Republic of Ireland at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo By David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Georgia proved yet again that Martin O’Neill must consider adding creativity to his side as they look to finish strongly in World Cup qualifying. Georgia played Ireland off the park on Saturday, with midfielders Nika Kvekveskiri and in particular Jano Ananidze controlling procedures. Although the Georgians dominated, they only had one shot on target (in which …

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Watch: Jack Byrne Nets 20 Yarder On Oldham Debut

UEFA Under 21 EURO 2017 Qualifier, RSC, Waterford 7/10/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Serbia Ireland's Jack Byrne Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Jack Byrne got off to a scoring start at Oldham as his new side went 4-3 down to Charlton Athletic. The 21-year-old joined one Latics side for another as he departed Wigan Athletic on a six month loan. Oldham, who are managed by ex-Ireland international John Sheridan, also saw Dubliner Eoin Doyle net for them as they lost to a Charlton side …

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Opinion: Issues Martin O’Neill Needs To Address Before Serbia Match

Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland picked up a point away to Georgia on Saturday night – a result some of the country’s more pessimistic fans may have settled for before kick-off. Having watched the match, even the most optimistic supporters of the Boys in Green will be delighted with the point. The performance has got the football community in Ireland …

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