Friday 20 October 2017

Player Ratings - Austria v Ireland

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

How the players rated in the Vienna clash

David Forde

The Galwegian was called into kicking action several times in the first half as Ireland went backwards with nowhere else to go. Pair of saves to deny Alaba and Harnik before the break, but there was nothing he could do to deny the late winner from the Bayern star.SEAMUS COLEMAN

Much more like it from the Everton star. Took him a while to get into his stride on Friday, but his first major contribution here was a burst into the opposition area. Made a series of key defensive interceptions and will hopefully thrive in the next regime.RICHARD DUNNE

Outfoxed by Alaba once in the first half, but then got himself in the way of a shot from the Bayern man. Austria opted for the speed of Weimann, but they could not get in behind until the second half, with Dunne made look one-paced by Harnik.JOHN O'SHEA

Relatively untroubled in the first half. Was fuming when he picked up a soft yellow before the break for a nothing tackle that rules him out of German game. That was effectively the end of his night as he was forced to come off four minutes into second half with an ankle issue.


Nearly got himself into trouble on more than one occasion when he looked to drag the ball from his left foot to right before clearing, but he is quite a cool customer. Alas, he didn't have the conviction to deal with the match-winning cross from Fuchs and Ireland paid the penalty.


The jokes about the Leeds man are fairly old at this stage. By no means a world beater, but can be effective in this kind of fixture and started well, tracking Alaba who only began to thrive when he roamed. Was also in the right place to clear off the line from sub Marko Arnautovic.


Was fairly advanced at the outset, particularly from kick-outs as he provided an alternative to Shane Long and he managed to cause some problems without threatening keeper Robert Almer. Dogged throughout, but his decision making in the final third was a bit off.


Started with purpose and impacted the game more than he did on Friday, although he will be disappointed with a poor cross when Long was in a goalscoring position. Hard to fault his application and defensive aptitude, but limited joy facing in a forward direction.


Another mixed bag from the Tipp lad before the interval, with his physicality posing the Austrian rearguard a headache, but he didn't give their 'keeper anything to think about. Spent periods of the second half out wide and ran out of gas with 10 minutes left to go.


With Long and Walters the aerial targets, Keane crept around in an attempt to pick up the pieces and he was quite deep at times in the first half. Like Friday, Ireland were incapable of getting their best striker into a goalscoring position, so his contribution was minimal.


The newcomer grew into this game and might have opened his account before the interval when he wrestled into space inside the area. You can see why Trapattoni likes the Norwich man – he is a big unit – but his lack of match practice caught up with him in the second half.


The end of the road now, surely. Sent out a team that is capable of competing, but he ultimately lacks belief in these players and, while Austria had vulnerabilities, his unambitious substitutions were punished. Thanks for the memories, but now it's time to say goodbye.Ciaran Clark for O'Shea (49mins) – Caught out of position. 5

James McClean for Pilkington (73) – Got into a couple of situations where a better cross was needed. 5

Conor Sammon for Long (81) – Different option was needed. 5

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