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It was one of those curious nights when events on the sidelines were always going to be more telling than those on the pitch, but Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane can at least take plenty of encouragement from a statement first win in charge of the Republic of Ireland. The new regime got off to a fine start with a commanding win over Latvia.

Window watch: Edin Dzeko; Robbie Keane; Eidur Gudjohnsen

What a desperate shame for Edin Dzeko to be absent from Wolfsburg's winter-break training camp in Marbella. According to the club, he missed his flight from Bosnia due to fog, which probably means he's holed up in Garry Cook's Prestbury mansion.

Ameobi and Barton lead battle for rare triumph

Wigan Athletic 0 Newcastle United 1

Allardyce shows interest in Keane and Bentley

Sam Allardyce admitted he would be interested in signing Robbie Keane or David Bentley if they become available next month – with the added incentive for the Tottenham players being that they would be allowed to wear snoods should they come to windy Ewood Park.

Sam Allardyce admits interest in Tottenham duo Robbie Keane and David Bentley

Sam Allardyce admitted he would be interested in signing Robbie Keane or David Bentley if they become available in January - with the added incentive for the Tottenham players that they would be allowed to wear snoods should they come to windy Ewood Park.

Spurs announce record revenues

Tottenham today demonstrated the difference qualifying for this season's Champions League could make to their finances after reporting a pre-tax loss of £6.5million, despite record revenues.

Gallas reveals Tottenham title ambitions

William Gallas claims he has joined a Tottenham side capable of winning this season's Barclays Premier League.

Pitch was an advantage admit Young Boys

Young Boys defender Scott Sutter played down the influence of the artificial pitch, but admitted the surface handed his side an advantage in their 3-2 Champions League play-off win over Tottenham at the Stade de Suisse in Bern.

Football round-up: Downpour means Hodgson must wait to take the plunge

Roy Hodgson will have to wait until Wednesday for his first game in charge of Liverpool after their planned friendly match in against Al-Hilal in Austria had to be called off because the pitch was waterlogged. That means he will start the latest chapter of his interesting and varied career against one of his former clubs, Grasshopper, in Switzerland.

Fortune favours Keane's rapid return to Celtic

Marc-Antoine Fortune would love to see Robbie Keane back at Celtic next season after admitting big-name signings are essential this summer.

Keane double boosts Lennon's Celtic case

Robbie Keane's two goals to take his tally to 11 in 11 games for Celtic did far more than set up a 3-1 home victory over Kilmarnock – it got the caretaker manager and former club captain Neil Lennon off to a flying start in his attempt to build a case to be appointed permanently at the end of the season.

Tottenham rule out Keane Celtic stay

Harry Redknapp insists there is "no way" he will let Celtic keep Robbie Keane beyond his current loan deal.

Keane warned after kneecap threat

Darren O'Dea has warned new Celtic team-mate Robbie Keane of the dangers of going out in Glasgow after a man reportedly threatened to kneecap the defender.

Celtic defeated on Keane debut

Tony Mowbray insisted the circus surrounding Robbie Keane's arrival did not distract his Celtic side as his reign hit a new low at Kilmarnock.

Larsson hails Celtic's 'fantastic' Keane deal

Henrik Larsson has backed Robbie Keane to be a hit at Celtic following the Ireland striker's dramatic signing for his boyhood heroes, but believes the loanee from Spurs will need the full support of his team-mates to overhaul Rangers at the top of the Premier League.

Redknapp laments poor Tottenham defending

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was left fuming after his side's late collapse at Everton yesterday cost them the chance of returning to third place in the Barclays Premier League.

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