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Player ratings - Who were Ireland's best performers against Scotland?


Wes Hoolahan in action against Matt Ritchie of Scotland.

Wes Hoolahan in action against Matt Ritchie of Scotland.



Here is the player rating's from the 1-1 draw against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.


He had just one save to make in the first-half and that nicely reflected the pattern of the game.

Given could do nothing for O'Shea's most unlucky own goal.

Brilliant slap down and save from Anya's cross in the second-half which denied the lurking Naismith. 6.


Ireland manager Martin O'Neill on the ref after the game against Scotland.

Pushed forward when he could but his crossing was awful and promising moves fell on his poor delivery more than once.

Whatever it is about Seamus and international football, he just doesn't seem to be able to deliver the same standard as he does for Everton. 5.


Knew nothing about it when the ball grazed his back and ended up in the back of the net for Scotland's equaliser. Up until that point he was very much the rock at the heart of Martin O'Neill's defence.

Better than that, he provided height and intent for Ireland's set-pieces and was right in the mix for Jon Walters lead goal. 7 MARC WILSON Had a couple of hairy early moments which have become something of a tradition for him but settled in well and looked comfortable in a white hot atmosphere.

Played his part in what was another very solid defensive performance from Ireland. 6


Required to defend more than attack but it was set-piece delivery which caught the eye and caught Scotland napping late in the first-half.

Wonderful in-swinger from the left teed up Murphy for the header and Walters stepped in for the mop up. 6.


He more than made up for a disappointing night in Glasgow with this performance. All action and bundles of energy, he chased down Scotland in that important first 15 minutes when the midfield battle was in the balance.

Faded in the second-half and but came strongly again towards the end. 6.


Much criticised over the years but this was one of his best games for Ireland. Provided the solid presence which allowed McCarthy to push forward.

Patrolled in front of O'Shea and Wilson and cut off supply to Fletcher more than once. met the physical challenge head on until he was called ashore. 7.


Different player to the one we have come to know. Looked for the ball and clattered into Scott Brown and James Morrison to establish Ireland's dominance over midfield from very early on.

McCarthy was much more willing to get forward than we have seen and with Whelan anchoring, this looks like the way forward. 7.


Wonderful from the first whistle. Busy, creative and the big surprise for anyone who doubted his ability to mix it up, Ireland's best tackler.

Nominally, he stated wide on the left but it was clear he had been given a free role and he revelled in it, prodding, probing and creating an energy and dynamism which the rest of the team fed off. 9.


Spent  a good deal of the game with a Scotland defender wrapped around him but more than strong enough to deal with that and end up on the right side of the battle with a real sniffers's goal Fed off and supplied Murphy and when he was needed was back covering for Seamus Coleman. Great performance. 8.


A surprise pick for many but not those who watched Roy Keane speak about the Ipswich striker. He was a handful for Scotland's centre-back parter ship at all times and rose high to meet Brady's cross to set up Walters goal.

Always available and always a target, he won more long balls than he lost and as Keane predicted, didn't let his country down. 7.



Barely had time to make an impact and with Hoolahan off the pitch, Ireland found it harder to get the ball and hold it which meant limited time for McClean to do his work. Came close with one late header. 6.


Biggest cheer of the night when he came on but he didn't really have time to get going.


Like Keane never had time to get up to full pace.

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