Wednesday 17 October 2018

Republic of Ireland player ratings: Wes Hoolahan a deserved man of the match

Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Here's how the Republic of Ireland players fared in their 1-1 draw with Poland at the Aviva Stadium.

Shay Given

The Aston Villa made his first competitive start since Euro 2012 and had very little to do but take the ball out of the net after Slawomir Peszko's 26th-minute opener. - 6

Seamus Coleman

Made a few telling runs down the right flank and suppressed the Poles when they came marauding down his wing. - 6

John O'Shea

29 March 2015; Republic of Ireland's Shane Long, 9, celebrates with team-mates Wesley Hoolahan, left, and James McClean after scoring his side's equalising goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Republic of Ireland's Shane Long, 9, celebrates with team-mates Wesley Hoolahan, left, and James McClean after scoring his side's equalising goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Glenn Whelan, Republic of Ireland, in action against Arkadiusz Milik, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Republic of Ireland's Shane Long, 9, celebrates with team-mates, from left to right, Seamus Coleman, Wesley Hoolahan and James McClean after scoring his side's equalising goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Jon Walters, Republic of Ireland, is tackled by Lukasz Szukala, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Republic of Ireland's Shane Long, 9, celebrates with team-mates Wesley Hoolahan, left, and James McClean after scoring his side's equalising goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Republic of Ireland's Shane Long, 9, celebrates with team-mates Wesley Hoolahan, left, and James McClean after scoring his side's equalising goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Shane Long, Republic of Ireland, scores his side's equalising goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Shane Long, Republic of Ireland, scores his side's equalising goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Shane Long, Republic of Ireland, scores his side's equalising goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Shane Long, Republic of Ireland, scores his side's equalising goal. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Republic of Ireland fans celebrate after their side scored an equalising goal in the 90th minute. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Lukasz Fabianski, Poland, saves Mark Wilson's, Ireland, header. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; James McClean, Republic of Ireland, in action against Pawel Olkowski and Slawomir Peszko, right, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Mark Wilson, second from left, Republic of Ireland, heads the ball goalward. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Seamus Coleman, Republic of Ireland, watches as his strike on goal goes wide. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Pawel Olkowski, Poland, clears under pressure from Robbie Keane, Republic of Ireland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Wesley Hoolahan, Republic of Ireland, in action against Grzegorz Krychowiak, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
29 March 2015; Aiden McGeady, Republic of Ireland, in action against Kamil Glik, Poland. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

A very physical performance from the Sunderland captain and it was a joy to behold. Kept the pressure on Robert Lewandowski throughout. - 7

Marc Wilson

Formed a good partnership with O'Shea and looked cool and calm in possession. Was left exposed by Brady's poor pass for the Polish goal. - 7

Robbie Brady

Looked nervy at left-back and paid the price for being too positive when he tried to play the ball back to Marc Wilson for Peszko's goal. Some decent deliveries from set plays. - 5

Glenn Whelan

Anonymous in the first half but improved in the second but not to the same extent as others. - 5

James McCarthy

The Everton man was a different animal in the second period. Need more of the forceful running we saw in the final quarter of the game. - 7

Jon Walters

Was much more effective when moved up alongside Robbie Keane. His GPS stats must be through the roof, never stopped. - 7

Wes Hoolahan

Ireland fans beamed at his inclusion and showed the football intelligence that fans of the men in green love. The more he has the ball, the better we are. - 8

Aiden McGeady

Looked rusty and his lack of game time with Everton recently was an issue. Needs to be sharper for Scotland in June. - 6

Robbie Keane

Gave everything he had for the cause as he has continually done for the past 17 years but failed to make an impression on the Polish centre halves. His header against the post was the highlight of his game. - 6

Subs

James McClean for Aiden McGeady (67 minutes)

You can see why Martin O'Neill has so much time for the Wigan man? Came into the fray like a man possessed. Ran at the Poles, clattered an opponent with a brilliant tackle and almost set up a goal for Robbie Keane. - 8

Shane Long for Glenn Whelan (82 minutes)

His pace and power caused problems and he had the poise to control Wes Hoolahan's knock down to score. - 7

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