Monday 26 September 2016

No surprise that Northern Ireland's hero goalie Michael McGovern stars in player ratings

Rory Dollard

Published 21/06/2016 | 19:19

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Michael McGovern of Northern Ireland makes a save the shot by Thomas Mueller of Germany during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Northern Ireland and Germany at Parc des Princes on June 21, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Michael McGovern of Northern Ireland makes a save the shot by Thomas Mueller of Germany during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Northern Ireland and Germany at Parc des Princes on June 21, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Here is how Northern Ireland's players rated after their 1-0 loss to Germany at Euro 2016 this evening.

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MICHAEL McGOVERN: A truly magnificent performance from the Hamilton goalkeeper. Made a string of brilliant and brave saves under extreme pressure. 9

 

AARON HUGHES: Retained after his role in the 2-0 win over Ukraine, Northern Ireland's most capped outfield player was given a torrid time by Germany's clever attacking patterns. 5

 

GARETH McAULEY: Like Hughes, McAuley's 36-year-old legs were not made to keep track of this Germany team. Always a passionate performer but found himself dragged out position far too frequently. 5

 

CRAIG CATHCART: The Watford centre-half has probably never had quite such a testing evening in international football. Fire-fighting from the off but never gave in. 6

 

JONNY EVANS: Comfortably the best defender in a green shirt. Again asked to do a job at left-back, the West Brom man was disciplined and touch-tight to his men throughout. Accomplished. 8

 

CORRY EVANS: Assigned an unflashy role in the centre, the younger Evans brother did nothing to grab the spotlight but never stopped running for the cause. 6

 

STEVEN DAVIS: The inspirational captain had an unusually quiet first half, cowed into anonymity by Germany's dominance. But he found a way into the match after the break and showed signs of his class. 6

 

OLIVER NORWOOD: Had precious little opportunity to show off his dead ball prowess and his passing range was compromised by the lack of shirts in front of him. 5

 

STUART DALLAS: An attacking winger by trade, he was mostly asked to supplement the containment effort on either flank. Beat his man on a couple of rare forward surges. 6

 

JAMIE WARD: Harried and charged, doing his best to drag his side up the field. Looked the likeliest creator of a meaningful counter-attack. 7

 

CONOR WASHINGTON: Handed a thankless task as an isolated striker. Ran the channels as well as he was able but craved support. 6

 

Subs:

KYLE LAFFERTY (for Washington, 59mins): The qualifying hero was again left out of the XI but added fresh legs for the final half hour and played his part. 6

JOSH MAGENNIS (for Ward, 70): Came on and took the central striking role but saw little action. 5

NIALL McGINN (for C Evans, 83): On to help hold the line at the close. 5

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