Monday 20 November 2017

Here is how the Ireland players rated after an uninspiring win against Georgia

John Brennan

Here is how the Irish players rated out of ten in Martin O'Neill's men 1-0 win over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.

Darren Randolph- Actually, the West Ham 'keeper had little enough to do, since Georgia's first half headers had him rooted to the ground. Did plenty of shouting at his defence to organise them in the second half. 6

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Seamus Coleman- He scored a brilliant goal to turn the game around. Ireland's skipper would have wanted that after a dodgy enough first period by his own lofty standards. 8


Ciaran Clark- The Newcastle man had some ropey moments in the first period, when Ireland's defence was anything but solid and he was in danger of being over-run. 6


Shane Duffy- A physical battle with the visitors ought to have been perfect for the big man. But Duffy was curiously subdued in the Aviva, perhaps not wanting to get into more disciplinary troubles. 6


Stephen Ward- He may be one of Ireland's few current Premier League starters. For me, the Burnley defender is not an international quality left-back whose distribution lets him down so often. 6


Jeff Hendrick- Worked hard and we needed a bit of magic from Hendrick. It was not to be found for long spells as Hendrick couldn't get his foot on the ball against the lively Georgians. 6


James McCarthy- The Irish midfielder did well for a player who has not played for weeks. But James just doesn't dominate a game as his talents suggest he should. 6


James McClean- Tried hard, but is fast falling into the failing of every Irish winger - he doesn't get a good cross in. The Derryman butchered one opportunity in the first half with two men unmarked on the back stick and he failed to give the ball. 5


Robbie Brady- Was asked to play the Wes Hoolahan role and there were times when Robbie struggled with it and thus the Georgians got a strong hold in midfield in the first half. Still dangerous with the set-pieces. 6


Jon Walters- Put in a huge shift, but Walters lacked the sharpness of a guy who is playing with his club week after week. Would have been better off playing up with Shane Long. 8


Shane Long- He tried to live off scraps, but the evidence of the Euros is that Shane does best in the green shirt when he has a partner to feed off. Against Georgia it was a case of trying his best. 7

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