Tuesday 12 November 2019

Ireland squad watch: How the Boys in Green fared for their clubs ahead of crunch clash with Denmark

David McGoldrick of Sheffield United scores a goal which is then disallowed following a VAR check during the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images
David McGoldrick of Sheffield United scores a goal which is then disallowed following a VAR check during the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Stephen Bennett

The Ireland squad have enjoyed a mixed weekend so far at club level as they turn their attentions to the crunch Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark on Monday week.

Here's how Mick McCarthy's charges fared for their clubs today, with many more involved tomorrow.

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Striker David McGoldrick was at the centre of more VAR controversy as his equaliser against Spurs from close range, following a pin-point cross from Enda Stevens, was ruled out by the minutest of margins.

Elsewhere, there were goals for Newcastle's Ciaran Clark, Preston's Alan Browne and Blackburn's Derrick Williams.

Goalkeepers

Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough): Started in goal for a struggling Boro side in their Championship clash away to QPR, helping to a valuable point in a 2-2 draw.

Kieran O’Hara (Burton Albion, on loan from Manchester United): Started for Burton in their 1-1 FA Cup first round draw at Salford.

Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth): Not named in Bournemouth's matchday squad for the Premier League trip to Newcastle.

Defenders

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers): Will be hoping to start in tomorrow's Premier League clash at home to Aston Villa.

Shane Duffy (Brighton): In the squad for tomorrow's trip to face Manchester United.

Kevin Long (Burnley): Named as a substitute in the clash of the Clarets at Turf Moor. The Cork native didn't feature as Burnley enjoyed a 3-0 win.

John Egan (Sheffield United): Started in defence against Spurs and was solid throughout in a deserved 1-1 draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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Newcastle United's Ciaran Clark scores the winner in the Premier League win over Bournemouth at St James' Park, Newcastle.

Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United): Started for Newcastle in the Premier League home clash with Bournemouth and scored what proved to be the winner with a 52nd minute strike in a 2-1 win at St James' Park.

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United): Started at left full-back for the Blades in the 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur and set up David McGoldrick for a goal that was controversially ruled out by VAR.

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers): Started for Blackburn in the Championship trip to Leeds United and scored in the 40th minute to reduce Leeds' lead to 2-1, but it wasn't enough as Rovers went down at Elland Road.

Lee O'Connor (Celtic): In the squad for tomorrow's home Scottish Premiership clash with Motherwell.

Midfielders

Alan Browne (Preston North End): Started for Preston and scored Preston's second goal in the 3-1 Championship win over Huddersfield at Deepdale.

Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic, on loan from West Ham United): A starter for Charlton in their south London derby clash at Millwall. Cullen played a full game, but the high-flying Addicks went down 2-1.

Jeff Hendrick (Burnley): Was the only Irish starter in the Premier League win at home to West Ham.

Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City): In the squad for the Championship trip to Cardiff City tomorrow.

Glenn Whelan (Hearts): The veteran midfielder was as an unused substitiute in Hearts' 5-2 Scottish Premiership win at home to St Mirren.

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa): In the Villa squad for tomorrow's midlands derby clash at Wolves.

James McClean (Stoke City): Restored to the Stoke starting XI by new manager Michael O'Neill and repaid his faith with a strong performance, the Derryman playing a full game as the struggling Potters enjoyed a 4-2 away to Barnsley.

Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers): A free weekend, competitively, after the Dubliner helped the Hoops to their first FAI Cup final victory in 32 years at the Aviva Stadium last Sunday.

Robbie Brady (Burnley): Came on as a 94th minute substitute in the victory over West Ham.

Forwards

Callum Robinson (Sheffield United): On the bench for the Blades at Spurs and replaced Lys Mousset in the 87th minute of the 1-1 draw.

Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur): The 17-year-old Dubliner wasn't named by Mauricio Pochettino in the Premier League draw at home to Sheffield United.

Aaron Connolly (Brighton): In the Seagulls squad and hoping for a starting berth in tomorrow's trip to face Manchester United.

David McGoldrick (Sheffield United): Started up front for the Blades in the clash with Spurs and his second-half equaliser was ruled out by the tiniest of margins by VAR. Was taken off in the 95th minute.

James Collins (Luton Town): Started up front for Luton in the Championship defeat at Reading.

Scott Hogan (Stoke City, on loan from Aston Villa): Not in Michael O'Neill's plans for his first game in charge away to Barnsley.

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Preston North End's Sean Maguire is tackled by Huddersfield Town's Lewis O'Brien during the Sky Bet Championship match at Deepdale, Preston.

Sean Maguire (Preston North End): Started up front for Preston and played a full game but failed to score in their 3-1 win over Huddersfield.

Alan Judge (Ipswich Town): Judge was an unused substitute in IPswich's 1-1 FA Cup first round draw with Lincoln City.

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