Thursday 19 October 2017

Player ratings: Duffy and McClean stand out on a night of heroic Irish performances

9 October 2017; Shane Duffy of Republic of Ireland celebrates following his side's victory during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
9 October 2017; Shane Duffy of Republic of Ireland celebrates following his side's victory during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Here is how the Irish players rated in tonight's famous 1-0 win against Wales that secured a World Cup playoff for the Boys in Green.

DARREN RANDOLPH - Produced a fine second-half save to deny Robson-Kanu the opening goal on a night when neither keeper was particularly busy. 7

CYRUS CHRISTIE - Worked hard to try to limit Lawrence down the Wales left and tried to provide a supply line going forward. 6

SHANE DUFFY - Found himself under early pressure, but held firm and was a threat in the opposition penalty area. 7

CIARAN CLARK - Largely solid at the back, but got away with a horribly sliced clearance which might have flown into his own net. 6

STEPHEN WARD - Another who was subjected to intense pressure, but held firm and produced a brave clearance to deny King a header at goal. 6

DAVID MEYLER - Worked tirelessly in the middle of the field as Wales dominated possession, but struggled to make it count. 7

HARRY ARTER - Did his best to deny Wales space in the heat of the midfield battle and played a key role in James McClean's goal with a clever step-over. 6

JEFF HENDRICK - Endured a frustrating evening at times, but reaped the rewards of his industry to deliver the perfect cross for McClean to win the game. 7

ROBBIE BRADY - Not at his best once again, but never stopped running in support of both his defenders and lone striker Daryl Murphy. 6

JAMES McCLEAN - Rattled Ramsey with an early challenge in an energetic display and produced a superb finish when the opportunity arose. 8

DARYL MURPHY - Often isolated, but ran himself into the ground to keep the home defence on its toes. 7

SUBSTITUTES

GLENN WHELAN (for Arter, 78 mins) - Brought on to stiffen a midfield under intense pressure and did his job to the letter. 6

KEVIN LONG (for Murphy, 90 mins) - Added defensive grit in a brief cameo. 6

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