Premiership Irish: Minutes played(Oct. 16th-17th)
Keith Fahey – Birmingham- 77 minutes
A rare start this season for Fahey, but he took his chance well and was arguably the best performer in Birmingham’s midfield.
Stephen Carr – Birmingham – 90 minutes
Another predictably dependable performance from Carr, who is retired from international football.
Richard Dunne – Aston Villa – 13 minutes
Game ended early for Dunne as a result of injuring his right foot
Ciaran Clark – Aston Villa – 77 minutes
Came on for the injured Dunne after 13 minutes and the youngster played very well. Slotted in well to the Villa defence and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet at the other head, with a lovely flick on that hit the crossbar.
Rory Delap – Stoke- 90 minutes
Many will argue he is in the team based solely on his throws, but Delap scored in Stokes 2-1 defeat at the Reebok.
Jon Walters – Stoke – 86 minutes
An OK performance by Walters, but he never really threatened the Bolton goal.
Glenn Whelan – Stoke – 4 minutes
Worryingly Glenn seems to be being looked at as more of a squad player now. His recent performances for Ireland suggests he needs to get a lot more game time
Marc Wilson – Stoke – 0 Minutes
Again disappointing. Time is on his side but did not take the opportunities he was given in his first couple of run outs for Stoke and is now paying the price.
Stephen Kelly – Fulham – 48 minutes
Will be upset not to have started the game, but played well when he came on early in the second half.
Robbie Keane – Spurs – 0 minutes
Becoming all too common for Robbie, and he is certainly a player that needs game time to remain sharp
Darron Gibson – Man Utd – 48 minutes
Did nothing wrong when he came and cant be faulted in anyway for United giving up a 2 goal lead. Needs to show a little more drive at times. Good run out for him.
John O’Shea – Man Utd – 0 minutes
Worryingly it looks like Ferguson now prefers Rafael in the right back position. However going by Rafael’s awful performance yesterday, O’Shea should slot back into the the starting team.
Stephen Reid – West Brom – 0 minutes
Did not get any game time at Old Trafford.
James McCarthy – Wigan – 90 minutes
Extremely impressive yet again, and well involved in the second Wigan goal. Having a terrific season in the central midfield position. You would have to question why Trapattoni insists in every interview that he sees McCarthy as someone who will play off the striker, when McCarthy himself is playing every game this season in a deep midfield position.
Kevin Foley – Wolves – 90 minutes
Had a decent game until he ruined it by very foolishly giving away a soft penalty.
Stephen Ward – Wolves – 90 minutes
Big improvement on his last few shaky appearances.
Kevin Doyle – Wolves – 90 minutes
Obviously not 100% after his injury during the international break, Doyle still put in his usual shift and was a handful for the Hammers’ defence.
Seamus Coleman – Everton -90 minutes
Simply sensational at times today and a real find for Everton this season, and will hopefully be for Ireland too. Deployed on the right wing, rather than right back, and it worked a joy as Coleman’s great run set up the first Everton goal. Great Merseyside debut for Coleman and should be a certainty to start against Norway.
Shay Given – Man City – 0 minutes
Another frustrating day on the bench for Given. he may have felt he had a slight chance to get back into the team after Joe Harts exploits dancing on a bar in Spain, but it wasn’t to be.