Thursday 25 December 2014

Pictures: Ireland player ratings v Faroe Islands

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KEIREN WESTWOOD - 6/10

Alert in the first half to tip an attempted cross over the bar, but plans for a clean sheet were foiled after the interval. The Sunderland reserve again produced a competent display on a night where he wasn't called into a position that made him influential.

SEAMUS COLEMAN - 7/10

You know what you get from the Donegal man, with his energy and willingness to get forward sometimes resulting in gaps at the back. The Faroese were fond of flicking diagonal balls in his direction and he coped well.

JOHN O'SHEA - 6/10

A night where most of the action took place in front of him. Unfortunately, he switched off when he was supposed to be dealing with the cross that gave the natives a window back into the game. Still, most of the Faroes' best moments came 30 yards from goal, with the Irish defence generally solid.

DARREN O'DEA - 7/10

Comments applied to O'Shea also relevant to the Toronto man, but he enjoyed a better night than the Waterford native, with a fine first-half block followed up by a late goal to add to the comfort of the result. Will lift his confidence after a torrid time at the hands of the Germans.

MARC WILSON - 8/10

A few difficulties in the early stages of his competitive debut, but grew into the game and provided the deadlock-breaker with an audacious right-footed effort that gave the goalkeeper no chance. A special moment for a player who should have gone to Poland. Impressive.

ROBBIE BRADY - 6/10

Showed the confidence to curl a shot at goal when he was first put in a position to do so, and generally showed a willingness to attack. Given a telling-off by O'Shea for switching off from defensive duties on one occasion, and Trapattoni went for experience at the break.

JAMES McCARTHY - 7/10

Demonstrated the technical aptitude that the next manager will be glad to inherit with early break and through ball for Walters, yet he struggled in the period that followed. Made a difference in the second half when he found more possession and dictated some promising moves.

Keith Andrews

AIDEN McGEADY - 7/10

A mixed bag from the Spartak Moscow man with two brilliant crosses in the early stages and then a spell where nothing seemed to go right for him. Probably touched the ball more than any other Irish player in the second half and unlucky not to score at the end when denied by fantastic save.

ROBBIE KEANE - 6/10

Worked hard to get fit for this game, but some signs of sluggishness in the first half, although he wasn't served well by a number of long balls aimed in his direction. Claimed afterwards that Walters' header took a nick off him, although TV replays suggested otherwise.

JONATHAN WALTERS - 7/10

Not especially effective in a first half, when the Irish play lacked cohesion. Central to the upturn after the break, in the right place for the second goal and providing an assist for the third. Has an all-round presence that causes problems for opponents.

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI - 6/10

Did what should be expected of his side here by coming to the home of the 158th-ranked team in the world and delivering the three points. Facing the exit door because of failings before here and reluctance to change.

SUBSTITUTES

SIMON COX - 6/10
(for Brady, h-t)
Decent showing from the Nottingham Forest man in the second half, albeit in a position that doesn't suit him.

SHANE LONG - 5/10
(for Keane, 80)
Not on for long enough to make an impression.

DAVID MEYLER
(for Andrews, 90)
Brought on in the final throes.

By Daniel McDonnell

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