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How the Ireland players rated versus Poland

Published 11/10/2015 | 21:44

Ireland's John O'Shea and James McCarthy look dejected after Poland's Robert Lewandowski (not pictured) scores their second goal
Ireland's John O'Shea and James McCarthy look dejected after Poland's Robert Lewandowski (not pictured) scores their second goal

Here is how the Ireland players rated in the 2-1 defeat.

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Darren Randolph – Curiously flat-footed for the opening Polish goal, this inexperienced international stopper does not command his box with the kind of authority you demand from a No.1. He did pull off a vital save from Kamil Grosicki that kept Irish hopes alive. 6

Seamus Coleman – The powerful runs that Ireland needed Coleman to serve up in Warsaw was in short supply and that may well have been due to the hamstring injury he has been carrying in recent weeks. What a challenge Coleman pulled off to deny Lewandowski when he threatened the Polish third after 71 minutes. 6

Richard Keogh – The uncertainty at the heart of the Ireland defence in the first half was not eased by Keogh’s presence. You cannot fault this battling performer for his effort levels, but he will be caught up by top strikers of Robert Lewandowski’s class. 6

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Ireland's John O'Shea and James McCarthy look dejected after Poland's Robert Lewandowski (not pictured) scores their second goal
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11 October 2015; Grzegorz Krychowiak, Poland, scores his side's opening goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Poland's Robert Lewandowski scores their second goal
11 October 2015; Grzegorz Krychowiak, right, Poland, scores his side's opening goal of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Jonathan Walters, Republic of Ireland scores off a penalty. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Jon Walters, Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Republic of Ireland captain John O'Shea leads his team out of the tunnel. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Jonathan Walters, Republic of Ireland, scores off a penalty. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Jonathan Walters, Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Jon Walters, Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Jon Walters, Republic of Ireland, celebrates with team-mates James McClean and Jeff Hendrick after scoring his side's opening goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Ireland players reacts after conceding an early goal, scored by Grzegorz Krychowiak, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Ireland players reacts after conceding an early goal, scored by Grzegorz Krychowiak, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Ireland players reacts after conceding an early goal, scored by Grzegorz Krychowiak, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Grzegorz Krychowiak, Poland, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Glenn Whelan, Republic of Ireland, in action against Robert Lewandowski, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Jon Walters, Republic of Ireland celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's opening goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Seamus Coleman, Republic of Ireland, in action against Grzegorz Krychowiak, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Shane Long, Republic of Ireland, is fouled by Micha? Kucharczyk, left, Poland, and awarded a penalty. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Jeff Hendrick, Republic of Ireland, in action against Karol Linetty. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; James McClean, Republic of Ireland, in action against Lukasz Piszczek, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Shane Long, Republic of Ireland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Shane Long, Republic of Ireland, in action against Kamil Glik, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Robert Lewandowski, Poland, scores his side's second goal past Republic of Ireland goal keeper Darren Randolph. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with Robert Lewandowski, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; The Republic of Ireland team. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Both teams before the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Robert Lewandowski, Poland, scores his side's second goal past Republic of Ireland goal keeper Darren Randolph. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
11 October 2015; Jon Walters, Republic of Ireland, in action against Jakub Wawrzyniak , Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Poland v Republic of Ireland. Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

John O'Shea – The Ireland leader was throwing himself into challenges once again, which proved his downfall in the end with a second yellow card. Will miss the first leg on the play-offs. 7

Robbie Brady – One of the frustrations of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign has been Brady’s inability to deliver quality balls into the box from the set-pieces. Ireland didn’t get much to feed off in Warsaw and they needed more from Brady. 6

Glenn Whelan – Maybe this was the performance that will convinced Martin O’Neill that this veteran performer is not the answer at the base of his midfield. James McCarthy was more effective against Germany without Whelan getting in his way and it was no surprise to see the Stoke plodder taken off after 58 minutes. 5

James McCarthy – Bursting with energy and making useful if not decisive passes, McCarthy has found his feet in Ireland green over the last two games and it can only be hoped that he kicks on from here. He may not be a match winner, but he can provide a rock solid base for O’Neill’s midfield. 8

Jeff Hendrick – He struggled to get into the game as Ireland were pinned back by Poland for lengthy periods. Hendrick is typical of so many players O’Neill is working with as he lacks an X Factor that will allow him to rise above the pack. 6

James McClean – O’Neill was keen to get this abrasive performer back into his team on a night when moments of magic were needed. McClean didn’t quite come up with the inspiration, but no one can fault the Ireland manager for making this pick. 6

Jonathan Walters – Tireless and committed, Walters took his penalty with clinical precision and did his best to support Shane Long and then Robbie Keane. Every team needs a Jon Walters and O’Neill will need this leader to be at his best for the two legs of the play-offs.  Yellow card rules him out of play-off first leg.7

Shane Long – O’Neill had to include the hero who sparked the Irish celebrations against Germany from the start and his burning desire to follow up on that was evident with his desire to cover every blade of grass. His second half injury was a blow to Ireland’s hopes of a late leveler. 6

Subs:

Robbie Keane for Long (55 mins) – The iconic Irish goal scoring great tried his luck with an early shot, but his moment of glory would not arrive. 6

Aiden McGeady for Whelan (58 mins) – The Everton winger struggled to influence the game and his lack of action in recent weeks will not have helped. 6

Wes Hoolahan for McClean (73 mins) – Not fit enough to start and not alert enough to make his mark when he was sent on at the last. Hoolahan seemed to be jaded by his heroics against Germany. 6

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