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Player Ratings v Scotland

30 May 2011 2,389 views No Comment Written by Michael

Shay Given – 7.5 - After enduring a season to forget, Given will be just happy to be playing football again. Forced into a simply fantastic save from a long distance shot from Scotland’s Phil Bardsley. Will have busier nights in the future, next Saturday probably being one.

Paul McShane – 7 - A player that is often derided when he appears in an Irish shirt, but still a player you can expect 100% effort from. Great turn, run and assist for the only goal of the night. Dealt with his defensive duties with limited risk all night.

Darren O’Dea – 6.5 - Caught out for pace on a couple of occasions. Reliable on most occasions and stuck to his job. It was only after he was replaced that Scotland seemed to really become a threat.

Stephen Kelly – 7.5 - Yes he is not a central defender, but the Fulham man has done a good job there everytime he has been asked. Can be very happy with his displays against Northern Ireland and Scotland, and was a bit factor in Ireland going through the Nations Cup without conceding. Impressive in the air.

Stephen Ward – 7 - The Wolves man has pushed himself into contention for the Macedonia game with another assured performance. Comfortable on the ball and always willing to join the attack. Again he may be tested more in the future but he looked relatively comfortable.

Stephen Hunt – 6.5 - Usual all action performance from Hunt. Put in the effort of a man that knows he is fighting for a starting position against Macedonia. Would have liked to have offered more going forward but Ireland were so often on that back foot. Can count himself a little fortunate not to give away a penalty for an altercation with Miller.

Liam Lawrence – 5 - Lawrence seems to be in the middle of a poor spell, and looked a pale comparison to the player that caused so many problems for France in Paris. Seemed to be a passenger for most of the game. Set pieces were also not up to standard. He will not be happy with this display.

Keith Andrews – 6 - Asked to do a lot more defensive work than he would have liked as Scotland got a hold on the game. Did break up a number of Scottish attacks by making a nuisance of himself in the middle. He will no doubt say that it is down to him that Charlie Adam was so poor for Scotland. Unlucky not to score with a good free kick.

Keith Fahey – 6 - Again he did not get as much time on the ball in attacking positions due to Scottish pressure. Did not see as much of the ball as he would have liked. Better is expected.

Robbie Keane – 8 – Yet another international goal to add to his very impressive list, albeit with a good deal of help from McGreggor in the Scottish goal. Again he worked well with Cox and his movement was impressive throughout the game. Will be happy with his performances in the last two games after what can only be described as an awful season.

Simon Cox – 7 – Again looked like an experienced international player. A couple of nice efforts on goal, willing to do something a little different and creating a good partnership with his fellow forward. The West Brom man did very well.

Substitutes.

Kevin Foley – 6.5 - Came on just as the Scots were building up a head of steam, and had to put a lot of work in for his 25 minutes stint. Tested by Forrest on a number of occasions but dealt quite well with him.

Seamus Coleman - Did not see enough of the ball to get a rating. Involved in a couple of nice passing moves as Ireland tried to relieve the growing pressure.

Keith Treacy - Like Coleman, saw little of the ball due to the Scottish being camped in the Irish half for the final 15 minutes.

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