Saturday 25 November 2017

Here is how Ireland's heroes rated in their excellent win over Austria

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Ireland took another big step towards World Cup qualification with a brilliant 1-0 victory against Austria in Vienna. Here is how we rated the team:

Darren Randolph. 7

Not too troubled by early efforts, the crossbar saved him to keep out a Marcel Sabitzer chance, but later on pulled off a stunning save to deny sub Louis Schaub.

Read more: Ireland secure famous away win after James McClean strike sinks Austria in Vienna

Seamus Coleman. 9

Grealty impressive effort on the night from the captain, a tackle on Arnautovic on 33 minutes denied a clear scoring chance, still defending in injury time. Led by example.

Ciaran Clark. 7

At times struggled with the pace of the game and led himself into unnecessary errors, improved as the game wore on, win here will be a boost for his confidence.

Shane Duffy. 8

The Derry man spent most of the evening duelling with Marc Janko, earned himself a booking for his efforts, Duffy's still learning about international football but a clean sheet here was a good lesson.

Robbie Brady. 7

His presence in midfield was missed, though his ball did still set up a great chance for Jon Walters. Silly booking for kicking the ball away costly as he misses the next game, v Wales in March.

Harry Arter. 7

Big night for the Bournemouth man on his competitive international debut, struggled to get to grips with the midfield formation, grew into the game and hopefully there's more to come.

Glenn Whelan. 6

He knew he would have a hard night when his main task was keeping David Alaba quiet, Whelan did his job but only for 23 minutes when he was forced off with a thigh injury.

Jeff Hendrick. 7

Difficult first half as Hendrick was at times struggling to catch up with the classy Alaba but found his feet more in the second half as Austria faded, more quality needed but Hendrick's still learning.

Wes Hoolahan. 8

There was some concern when he too easily conceded possession a number of times in the first 20 minutes, he did settle, deserves great praise for the deft assist on McClean's winning goal.

James McClean. 9

His fitness was in doubt before the game and McClean appeared to struggle for pace, but showed composure and class to finish well for his goal, ran his heart out. Immense effort.

Jonathan Walters. 7

Often a thankless task for the Stoke man to toil up up front with little possession to work with, once again workrate was flawless, unlucky not to score in the first half.


David Meyler 8. Brave work in his own half helped set up McClean's goal.

David McGoldrick 7, got 12 minutes for his competitive debut which was more about holding what Ireland had than creating but adapted well.

Aiden McGeady, 7. Curious decision to bring on the veteran ahead of Daryl Horgan but he did contribute.

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