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Ireland player ratings: Collins, Obafemi and O’Shea the stand-out performers on difficult night for Boys in Green

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Robbie Brady of Republic of Ireland celebrates with team-mates Alan Browne, left, and Nathan Collins, right, after scoring their side's third goal during the UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match

Robbie Brady of Republic of Ireland celebrates with team-mates Alan Browne, left, and Nathan Collins, right, after scoring their side's third goal during the UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match

Robbie Brady of Republic of Ireland celebrates with team-mates Alan Browne, left, and Nathan Collins, right, after scoring their side's third goal during the UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match

Here’s how Stephen Kenny’s side rated in the Nations League win over Armenia.

Gavin Bazunu – 5

A big learning curve for the Southampton netminder who had very little to do but then conceded twice when placed under pressure, the second a real moment to forget.

Matt Doherty – 5

His dart inside was responsible for the corner for the opener and involved in Irish winner yet he switched off for the first Armenian goal

Nathan Collins – 7

The level of his ability is clear to see, comfortable in defence and also stepping forward although Armenia weren’t asking difficult questions.

John Egan – 6

Captain powered home first half header and was generally diligent in his defending but as skipper he will be caught in any enquiry over the loss of composure.

Dara O’Shea – 7

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Started the game well and was purposeful in his play. He’s probably played himself into the side during this window, although few will reflect on this game toom fondly

Robbie Brady – 6

Held his nerve from the spot late on after an evening where he was busy and got a number of crosses into the box without necessarily setting the world alight.

Jeff Hendrick – 5

A whipping boy for fans who was visible enough throughout without really executing any killer balls or passes in the final third. Was retained for the duration by Kenny.

Jayson Molumby – 5

Combative player who started well in the number six position but his eagerness resulted in the loss of discipline that necessitated his early withdrawal.

Jason Knight – 5

Made one decent first half break but was on the end of a few things around the area without necessarily taking a grip on proceedings.

Troy Parrott – 5

Kenny is certainly putting his faith in Parrott and he didn’t really seize the moment here with Armenia alert to his movements around the box and covering any runs off Obafemi.

Michael Obafemi – 7

He’s now established as Ireland’s number one attacker despite being far from finished product and it’s vital he stays fit because of that simple ability to produce goals from nothing.

MANAGER

Stephen Kenny – 5

Minor changes from Saturday and it was all going well but the loss of direction in the second half raises questions about in-game management. He’ll struggle to make sense of this evening.

BENCH IMPACT – 5

Conor Hourihane’s horror show mistake naturally the enduring memory here whereas the other replacements – Browne, Hogan and Robinson – were all involved late on.


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