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Tractor Boys chief insists that McCarthy's men are going in the right direction

Five young players to watch in 2010

England's current crop of under-17s are rated as among the best the country has ever seen. Sam Wallace introduces the youngsters most likely to make a mark in the next 12 months

Ledley tells Cardiff hip operation is only way

Joe Ledley is on a collision course with Cardiff City after revealing he needs a hip operation. The Wales international claims his recent dip in form is a result of him not being fully fit, but he is playing through the pain as the Cardiff manager, Dave Jones, does not want to lose his star midfielder for up to three months.

Wallace free-kick earns precious point for Irvine

Blackpool 1 Preston 1

Keane turns a corner with first away win

Cardiff City 1 Ipswich Town 2: Ipswich come back from a goal down to beat Cardiff after hosts run out of ideas in worst display at new stadium, reports Gordon Tynan

Keane savages 'mentally weak' Ireland players

Roy Keane yesterday launched a savage attack on the Republic of Ireland players and the Irish football establishment for their complaints about Thierry Henry's handball and told them they were just sympathy-seeking, "mentally weak" hypocrites who should "get over it".

Keith Kettleborough: Midfielder whose artistry and industriousness put him on the fringes of the 1966 England football squad

With his balding head, pallid features and scuttling gait, Keith Kettleborough didn't cut a glamorous figure on the football pitch, even during his prime with Sheffield United in the first half of the 1960s. No matter: the slim Yorkshireman was one of the game's true craftsmen, a subtly constructive midfield general who brought to his work an appealing cocktail of artistry and industry which, during mid-decade as plans were being laid to capture the World Cup, prompted the England manager Alf Ramsey to call him into his training squad.

League round-up: Wright steers Keane's nervy Tractor Boys to first victory

It took 15 attempts but Ipswich Town have at last won under Roy Keane. David Wright's 66th-minute header at the far post from Liam Rosenior's deep cross proved enough to beat Nigel Clough's Derby County. The win wasn't enough to lift Ipswich, who had been the only League club yet to win this season, off the bottom of the Championship, but four sides above them are within three points, one of them being the Rams, who have earned only two points from eight away games.

League round-up: Nolan strike gives Hughton the keys to St James' Park

Kevin Nolan fired in a 90th-minute winning goal from 18-yards for Newcastle United to end a run of two defeats and two points from four matches. United came from behind to beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1 at St James' Park and return to the top of the Championship. Chris Hughton, about to be named United manager, saw his side fall behind after 18 minutes, when Billy Sharp set up Dean Shiels. Just past the hour Andy Carroll, who had missed several chances, levelled from Ryan Taylor's cross. Rovers' Martin Woods then missed a penalty, United's Zurab Khizanishvili was sent off, but Nolan had the final word.

Counago stops the Swans flying off

Ipswich Town 1 Swansea City 1

Graham Luney: Keane is on a road to nowhere

As a player, Roy Keane was a Ferrari — worth watching, though there was always the danger he would spin off the road.

Macken's late strike piles the pain on Keane

Barnsley 2 Ipswich Town 1

Cruel for Keane after Morgan's late leveller

Sheffield United 3 Ipswich Town 3

Nolan treble leaves Keane to face music

Ipswich Town 0 Newcastle United 4: Ipswich are still seeking their first league win under the Irishman's control, writes Derek Davis

Terence Blacker: Paranoia that sexualises childcare

I have a confession to make. In the past, I have had frequent, intensive contact with children. There were boys, sometimes as young as eight. There were primary schoolgirls. Over a period of a couple of years, I would drive to the White City estate in London, collect boys in my car and take them football training or to a Sunday morning boys' league game in Fulham.

League round-up: Cech mate for Albion as Boro heap misery on Tractor Boys return

Marek Cech scored twice as West Bromwich Albion came from behind to beat Plymouth Argyle 3-1 and lead the Championship by a point. Admitting it had been a hard-fought win, Albion's manager Roberto Di Matteo, added: "We are going in the right direction and I think the chairman is very happy we are unbeaten."

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Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

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The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

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A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links