Monday 23 October 2017

Ireland Player Ratings

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Shay Given 6

Good for the Donegal man to get 90 minutes, something he unfortunately can't take for granted any more with his club. Some observers felt he was flat-footed for Pedersen free-kick although that was perhaps harsh. Came off his line to make a few important second-half interventions, but frustrated at the death.

Stephen Kelly 6

A solid enough shift from the Fulham man, who was aggrieved to have been involved in the Norwegian equaliser after being penalised for a handball when he was on the ground and felt he couldn't get out of the way. Brought in to centre-half for final 25 minutes.

John O'Shea 6

Impressive start when he won possession and released Shane Long to win the penalty which put Ireland ahead. Norway's directness caused problems for the centre-halves afterwards though, with a few nervous moments for all concerned. Will be at right-full again for matches that matter.

Darren O'Dea 5

A third cap for the Celtic man on-loan at Ipswich. Steady start with Ireland on top, but hairy moment before the break when Helstad wriggled away from him all too easily and following the resumption when back header left Given in trouble. Can do better, and hamstring problem could explain errors.

Greg Cunningham 7

A calm young man with a bright future ahead of him. Solid in possession and while he did get caught out of position once or twice, he atoned for it by winning the ball back. Also attempted to get forward, with a fine first-half cross and a run and shot midway through second half -- like others, caught out by counter-attack winner.

Liam Lawrence 5

Moved around a bit in the first half, starting on right side of midfield before spending a short period in the centre of a five-man midfield playing just off Doyle. Dangerous cross almost resulted in goal for Duff. Withdrawn at the interval to make way for McGeady.

Glenn Whelan 6

An experienced international performer now compared to when the sides last met back in Oslo over two years ago. Went about his business competently enough and got a badly needed 90 minutes under his belt considering he's enduring a frustrating time at Stoke.

Keith Fahey 7

Was prominent in the bright Irish opening, displaying his usual calm head with respect to taking time to pick the right pass. Got into a bit of trouble early in second half, trying to overplay it out of defence, but produced pass of night to release Walters. Trap will weigh up the pros and cons with respect to future location.

Damien Duff 6

A welcome return to Irish colours after the harsh timing of his autumn setbacks meant he missed all four Euro 2012 qualifiers. That said, we know all we need to know about Duffer at this point and maybe he could have been withdrawn earlier. Unlucky to be denied goal by fine Knudsen stop shortly after Long's opener.

Kevin Doyle 5

Suffered a broken bone in hand at the weekend and Trapattoni was conscious of that by restricting his evening to the first half only. The Wexford man put himself about in typical fashion without any fireworks resulting. Will have better days.

Shane Long 7

A cold, rainy night with nothing at stake and yet Long's hunger to make a positive impact was apparent. His endeavour won the early spot kick and he remained an effective outlet for Ireland, with only some errant finishing preventing the 23-year-old from adding to penalty conversion.

Giovanni Trapattoni 4

Very odd that the manager had expressed a desire to cap Seamus Coleman and Marc Wilson and neither ended up getting a run. Mixed things up a bit with Fahey in midfield, and bringing in Walters at the break, but value of exercise questionable. Boos at final whistle.

Jonathan Walters 6

(for Doyle 45 mins)

Put himself about and forced a few corners, but ultimately starved of quality service.

Aiden McGeady 6

(for Lawrence 45 mins)

Active without really penetrating. Off target with shots from outside the box.

Kevin Foley 5

(for O'Dea 67 mins)

Deserves longer time on pitch to demonstrate ability.

Stephen Hunt 5

(for Duff 74 mins)

Little time for Wolves man to affect proceedings.

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