Sunday 19 November 2017

Ireland players ratings - Darren Randolph the hero on a night that wasn't for the purists

Darren Randolph of Republic of Ireland and equipment officer Dick Redmond following the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-off 1st Leg match between Denmark and Republic of Ireland at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Darren Randolph of Republic of Ireland and equipment officer Dick Redmond following the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-off 1st Leg match between Denmark and Republic of Ireland at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Darren Randolph was the hero and Pione Sisto the villain as the Republic of Ireland scrapped their way to a 0-0 World Cup play-off draw in Denmark. Here's how the Irish players rated.

DARREN RANDOLPH: Produced a string of vital saves to preserve his clean sheet and provide a sense of security for the men in front of him. 8/10

CYRUS CHRISTIE: Provided his side with an outlet down the right, but had a tough night trying to get to grips with marauding opposite number Jens Stryger Larsen and Pione Sisto. 6

SHANE DUFFY: As resilient as ever at the back and gave Ireland a focal point from set-pieces. 7

CIARAN CLARK: Was rescued by Randolph after sending a clearance straight to Christian Eriksen, but otherwise in stubborn mood. 6

STEPHEN WARD: Played his part in an organised rearguard action on a night when solidity was the watch-word. 6

HARRY ARTER: Worked hard to protect his back four, but struggled to link defence with attack. 6

JEFF HENDRICK: Another whose industry was admirable, but was unable to make an impact going forward. 6

CALLUM O'DOWDA: Spent much of his evening supporting Christie at the back, but showed flashes of what he can do going in the other direction. 6

ROBBIE BRADY: Provided much of what amounted to service with a series of free-kicks and was busy around the field in a functional team display. 7

JAMES McCLEAN: Ran himself into the ground once again, but had few opportunities to threaten as an attacking force. 6

DARYL MURPHY: Isolated for much of his time on the pitch and saw too little of the ball to make a real impression. 5

Substitutes

SHANE LONG (for Murphy, 74 mins): Gave Ireland fresh legs in attack late on, but was feeding off scraps. 6

GLENN WHELAN (for Arter, 88 mins): Fortunate to slice wide of his own goal when attempting to clear a late Larsen shot. 5

CONOR HOURIHANE (for Hendrick, 90 mins): Brought on as time ran down to help shore up the Irish midfield. 6

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