Sunday 23 September 2018

Ireland player ratings: Find out who impressed for Martin O'Neill's side in Wroclaw

The Republic of Ireland team, back row, from left to right, Callum Robinson, Cyrus Christie, Darren Randolph, Kevin Long, John Egan and Richard Keogh. Front row, from left to right, Shaun Williams, Callum O'Dowda, Jeff Hendrick, Enda Stevens and Aiden O'Brien prior to the International Friendly match between Poland and Republic of Ireland at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw, Poland. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
The Republic of Ireland team, back row, from left to right, Callum Robinson, Cyrus Christie, Darren Randolph, Kevin Long, John Egan and Richard Keogh. Front row, from left to right, Shaun Williams, Callum O'Dowda, Jeff Hendrick, Enda Stevens and Aiden O'Brien prior to the International Friendly match between Poland and Republic of Ireland at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw, Poland. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Martin O'Neill was a happy man after seeing his depleted Republic of Ireland side bounce back from their horror show in Wales with a spirited 1-1 draw in Poland. Here's how the Ireland players rated:

Darren Randolph - 6

It was actually a quiet enough evening for the stopper until the final push when he was unable to keep out the equaliser.

Cyrus Christie - 6

O’Neill prefers him to Doherty and he was busy as ever although he’s not as sharp on the ball as the Wolves player. Won corner that led to opener.

Richard Keogh - 7

Derby have started the season well and Keogh continued his recent club form on the right side of the back three. Solid showing with one important block.

John Egan - 7

Earned a big summer move to Sheffield United and was given a central role here. Did the simple things right until Poland eventually got through at the end.

Kevin Long - 7

He’s next in line behind Ciaran Clark and this was a much more disciplined showing than the Newcastle player’s Cardiff showing. Long is generally reliable.

Enda Stevens - 7

Picked up a knock in the warm-up which was a concern, but the Dubliner is confident on the ball and did well save for one awkward slip in the box.

Jeff Hendrick - 6

Better than Cardiff and made one first-half drive that showed what he can do at full tilt. Was taken off in the first raft of substitutions after a busy schedule.

Shaun Williams - 7

Composed performance for the midfielder who was central to decent spells of Ireland possession. The technical aspect of international football suits.

Callum O’Dowda - 8

He was unimpressive out left in Cardiff and seemed to enjoy a role which allowed him to drive through the centre. His skills shone for the breakthrough.

Callum Robinson - 6

Capable of some exasperating decisions and he was outshone by his strike partner but the Preston man should have learned a lot from the week.

Aiden O’Brien - 8

The  debutant performed well and held the ball up very well considering he plays wide for the club. He’s made the case for involvement in proper games.

Manager

Martin O'Neill - 7

System worked well and newer players impressed but the challenge now is to execute it in a meaningful match against fully-tuned opponents.

Substitutes

Matt Doherty 6 for Christie (54): Made a slight impact; David Meyler 6 for Hendrick (54): Put himself about; Graham Burke 6 for Robinson (63): Didn’t get much service; Conor Hourihane 5 for Williams (75): Struggled; Daryl Horgan 5 for O’Brien (80): Slow to adjust to brief; Alan Judge for O’Dowda (90): NA

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