Thursday 16 August 2018

Ireland player ratings - Unquestionable commitment but serious lack of quality in Tbilisi

Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark, James McClean, Daryl Murphy and Cyrus Christie after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Group D match at the Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi
Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark, James McClean, Daryl Murphy and Cyrus Christie after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Group D match at the Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

There were very few standout displays as Ireland laboured to a scarcely deserved 1-1 draw with Georgia in Tbilisi.

Darren Randolph - Left exposed as Georgia scored their equaliser and some of his decision making coming for crosses was questionable. Needed to be more vocal pushing his defenders up field - 6

Cyrus Christie - Pinned onto the back foot for long periods as Georgia dominated possession, Christie was put under pressure as the home side targeted him as a weak link - 6

Shane Duffy - His early goal should have fuelled Ireland’s confidence, but the Brighton man was then rocked back as Ireland retreated. Lacked authority at times - 6

Ciaran Clark - A committed effort from the Newcastle man, he worked hard to put out the fires created by a nervous Ireland display. Was caught out of position at times - 6

Stephen Ward - Like Christie, this experienced full-back struggled to get out of his own half as Ireland continued to drop too deep. He never gives anything less than total commitment - 6

Robbie Brady - Ireland’s No.10 needs to do more to justify his status as an automatic starter in the team. His first touch was so disappointing and he gave the ball away time and again - 4

Harry Arter - A horrible night for the Bournemouth man, as he struggled to make an impact on the game and barely touched the ball before he was taken off after 61 minutes - 5

Glenn Whelan - Whelan worked hard, but lacked the quality and composure required to wrestle control of the midfield battle away from a more technically gifted Georgia team - 5

James McClean - Another all action display from McClean, but he spent too much time in the Georgian half of the field trying to win the ball back. Ireland need to use him better - 6

Jonathan Walters - The game passed Walters by as he struggled to give Long the attacking support he craved. His 50th cap will not be his most memorable - 5

Shane Long - You had to feel sorry for the Southampton striker, who had half a pitch to cover on his own for long periods and showed admirable commitment to the cause - 7

Subs: McGeady for Arter (61) - Ireland’s most threatening attacking option after he came off the bench.

Daryl Murphy for Glenn Whelan (78) - Never got a chance to impose himself.

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