Sunday 19 November 2017

Ireland player ratings: John O'Shea, Jon Walters and James McClean shine brightest in ill-tempered draw

Republic of Ireland 0 Wales 0

James McClean of Republic of Ireland reacts to a missed chance during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
James McClean of Republic of Ireland reacts to a missed chance during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

John Brennan

A disciplined Ireland display negated Gareth Bale's influence but we failed to create many chances. Most of our thoughts are with Seamus Coleman after he suffered an awful injury.

Darren Randolph - Dealt well with some long-range stuff fired at him on a night when Wales struggled to create something. 7

Seamus Coleman - After a few early mis-controls, the captain got going. Wales always double-teamed him before the disgraceful tackle that ended his night. 7

John O'Shea - Brought all his experience to bear on a makeshift central defence. O'Shea commanded the area for Ireland. 8

Richard Keogh - Steady alongside O'Shea and never afraid to get rid of the ball in a hurry if danger threatened. 6

Stephen Ward - Left alone with Gareth Bale at times, the Burnley man somehow survived to tell the tale. 7

Jon Walters - As ever, Walters put in a huge shift of trying to be a wideman and a centre-forward at the same time. Didn't get great service last night. 8

Glenn Whelan - Missed a couple of tackles, but Whelan was important for Ireland on a night when someone had to hold things together. 7

Jeff Hendrick - Slow to get into the match, but Hendrick gradually assumed the role of Ireland's main man in the middle. 7

David Meyler - A late call up to the team, Meyler grafted away in midfield and picked up a booking for his trouble. 6

James McClean - Playing on emotion, the ex-Derry City player tried so hard to get something to happen for him and the team. 8

Shane Long - We got no end of hard work from the Tipperary man. But how he must have wished 'Wessi' was playing to give him a pass. 7

Gareth Bale watch - One glimpse of magic from the Real Madrid wizard was all we saw as his shot curled away from goal. Had he made proper contact with John O'Shea on that penalty area challenge, he'd have got a straight red. It's hard to see Wales getting anything in Belgrade in June without him. 7 

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