Friday 22 September 2017

Player ratings: Euro 2016 feels a long time ago as Brady and Hendrick go missing in action

Football Soccer - Republic of Ireland v Austria - 2018 World Cup Qualifying European Zone - Group D - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - June 11, 2017 Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy (L), Jeff Hendrick (C) and Kevin Long (R) walk off the pitch at half time Action Images via Reuters / Tony O'Brien Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Football Soccer - Republic of Ireland v Austria - 2018 World Cup Qualifying European Zone - Group D - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - June 11, 2017 Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy (L), Jeff Hendrick (C) and Kevin Long (R) walk off the pitch at half time Action Images via Reuters / Tony O'Brien Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Damian Spellman

Here is how Ireland's players rated in the 1-1 draw with Austria at the Aviva Stadium.

DARREN RANDOLPH: Given little chance with Austria's goal, but produced a stunning save to deny substitute Florian Grillitsch a second moments before Jonathan Walters' equaliser. 6

CYRUS CHRISTIE: Endured a testing evening as Austria used the width of the pitch well and picked up a first-half booking for a rash challenge, but stuck to his task. 6

SHANE DUFFY: Battled well at the back on a difficult evening for his team and thought he had scored a later winner. 6

KEVIN LONG: Was put to the test on his competitive debut for Ireland, but did not waver and very nearly scored. 6

STEPHEN WARD: Suffered an indifferent start on a night when Austria attacked repeatedly down his flank. 5

GLENN WHELAN: Kept calm in the face of the early storm and used the ball well in the circumstances. 6

HARRY ARTER: Always available, but was repeatedly frustrated when he looked up to pick out a pass and saw few options. 6

ROBBIE BRADY: A shadow of the player who shone at the Euro 2016 finals and wasted a series of free-kicks in promising positions. 4

JEFF HENDRICK: Another man who failed to live up to his billing on a night when his selection was not necessarily automatic. 5

JAMES McCLEAN: Set the tone with a series of crunching early tackles and worked tirelessly throughout, but picked the wrong option on more than one occasion. 7

JONATHAN WALTERS: Found himself embroiled in an X-rated battle with defender Aleksandar Dragovic, but got his reward with a face-saving equaliser. 8

SUBSTITUTES

DARYL MURPHY: Made a nuisance of himself as manager Martin O'Neill threw him on in search of fresh inspiration. 6

WES HOOLAHAN: Instantly made a difference and played a key role in Ireland's late fightback. 7

AIDEN McGEADY: Provided a fresh threat as Austrian legs tired. 6

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