Republic of Ireland:

Darren Randolph: 7/10

It was another solid display from the goalkeeper who has been the shining light for Ireland in this two-game period. He was not as busy as last Thursday’s game and long-range efforts often went over the crossbar.

Seamus Coleman: 6/10

When venturing forward he offered a good option to Ireland. The shape of the team complicates his role where he should have more time to move into the opposition half with two sitting midfielders. However, when he does get into space in the opposition box, Ireland look deeply confused. A poor cross in the 73rd minute saw him punch the pitch in frustration. His defending was better and made a couple of vital clearances.  

Richard Keogh 5/10

It was important that Keogh avoided errors when back in the team and his 68th minute blunder when trying to find a pass across the backline was the low point of his performance.  

Shane Duffy: 6/10

After a shaky night in Dublin last Thursday, this was better from Duffy who won headers and offered his usual physicality. He had plenty of protection in front of him so aerial battles were key. Put a strong tackle in on Christian Eriksen and he didn’t reappear for the first half. That might have come from experience.

Kevin Long: 6/10

The most eye-catching moments were the long throws and passes from the defender which were of little or no value to Ireland. Again, like his colleagues, he formed part of the defensive line that contributed to a clean sheet. It might have been different in a competitive game.

Enda Stevens: 6/10

Peter Ankersen got past him early on with penalty concerns when there was contact with the left-back. Referee Aliyar Aghayev wasn’t interested. That was the low point. The ex-Shamrock Rovers man was decent on the ball but again restricted in what he could do in trying to get into positions to deliver crosses or pick out a team-mate in an attacking area up the line.

Cyrus Christie: 5/10

Had a tough start with a mistake when he was about to come under pressure in midfield. He improved as the game went on, although never looking comfortable when on the ball in the middle of the park. A poor tackle late on resulted in a yellow card. Simply shouldn’t be playing in a midfield role.

Robbie Brady: 5/10

Previous excellent set-piece delivery has not been a factor since return from injury and he could probably do with a settled position. It's tough to be too harsh given the long period out. The lack of available passes has seen him turn to longer, hopeful balls and it's weakening his game. 

Jeff Hendrick 5/10

Won the man of the match award which said a lot about the team performance because he wasn't very good. On his day he's tenacious, can get on the ball and play but too often we see performances like this where he is chasing the game or containing others. Again, it is related to the system as he is sitting in front of the defence.

Calum O'Dowda: 4/10

Played out of position, and clearly has potential, but produced so little in the game and struggled to keep hold of it when eventually seeing the ball.  The second half in particular was a non-event until he was substituted for Obafemi.

Aiden O'Brien: 5/10

The only difference between Tom Hanks in Cast Away and O’Brien is the Hollywood actor had a football to occupy him in isolation. Yet again the lone front man of an Irish team was left to fend for himself, play the channels, and hope enough men would eventually commit forward to muster an attack. His involvement was based on his work rate, which was good, but is not the solution to our goalscoring woes. Doomed to fail in this role. 


Ronan Curtis (65 mins): Two games into his Ireland career and even he looks frustrated.

Callum Robinson (65 mins): Didn’t get much of a chance to influence, and ended up in a midfeld role it appeared when Obafemi came on.

Michael Obafemi (79 mins): Not enough time to be rated.