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Player reviews from Macedonia and Uruguay games

31 March 2011 3,590 views No Comment Written by Michael

Keiren Westwood – Great save from Ivan Trickovski that kept Ireland in a winning position on Saturday. Showed he is quick off his line in both games. Vocal throughout and has pinpoint accuracy with his left foot.

Kevin Foley – A decent competitive debut, bar one mistake where he tried to play offside. However, he struggled against Uruguay and his positional sense was not the best during the friendly.

Darren O’Dea – Had a very good game against Macedonia, despite eyebrows being raised when his name appeared on the teamsheet. A number of crunching clashes on Pandev and did his job with limited fuss. Not impressive against Uruguay however.

Stephen Kelly- A proud day for him to wear the captain’s armband even if it were in the strange position of central defence. Did his best, considering.

Richard Dunne – Very sluggish and lethargic on Saturday, and worryingly he was turned quite easily on a number of occasions. Will blame himself for Trickovski’s goal. Although his performance was poor, one has to keep in mind the limited amount of football he has played in the past month.

Ciaran Clark – There are times he looks perfect for international football. Guilty of over playing the ball on a couple of occasions in defence. Alarmingly he was completely out of position on a couple of occasions also.

Damien Delaney – Slotted in well at left back and will be delighted just to be back in an irish squad.

Aiden McGeady – Simply sensational against Macedonia and was close to unmarkable. Looks much more assured on the ball now and enjoys inviting defenders onto him. The Russian league has made a man out of Aiden, and Ireland are reaping the rewards.

Liam Lawrence – Fantastic cross for Shane Long’s goal. Put in a good and reliable shift despite not being 100% fit.

Darron Gibson – Got stuck in against Macedonia, and apart from some early stray passes, his accuracy was top notch. Looks to be a definite starter in Macedonia in June. Not a great cameo against Uruguay though.

Glenn Whelan – Still not back to the old Whelan. Quite poor on the ball and his distribution is not good enough. Improvement needed.

Paul Green – Can be happy with a good game against Uruguay. Being the defensive midfielder on his own seemed to suit him. Fought his way into contention for the next qualifier.

Keith Fahey – Mixed the good with the bad. Had a role in two goals scored by Uruguay, but had a calm influence when he got on the ball. Great penalty also.

James McCarthy – His introduction brought the house down in the Aviva. Got on the ball plenty in his few minutes on the pitch in the Macedonia game. Struggled with his position against Uruguay and would have liked more time on the ball. However he still won a penalty.

Damien Duff – Brought his great recent form with Fulham to the Aviva. Playing on the right wing suited him initially, as did the fact that McGeady was such a threat from the other wing.

Kevin Doyle – Very unlucky to injure his knee during an innocuous challenge.

Shane Long – Battled bravely against Macedonia, with the scars to show, but struggled to create anything. The game plan did not change when Doyle came off and Long was simply not able to compete physically with the big Macedonia defence. Outstanding against Uruguay though, and showed all his qualities in the 90 minutes.

Robbie Keane – Keane is the only Irish player that would have scored that poacher’s goal against Macedonia. Tried everything he could to get involved but struggled to create a partnership with Long.

Anthony Stokes – Saw little of the ball in his brief cameo but will be delighted just to be back in the mind of Trapattoni.

Andy Keogh – Gives his all and nearly scored thanks to a lovely diagonal run in the first half against Uruguay. Struggled as a winger and will have nightmares of that late miss.

Keith Treacy – First touch was a little off on a couple of occasions. Clear that he is a player that Trapattoni has a lot of time for.

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