Irish Abroad: 10th-11th January
After a number of impressive performances, Ciaran Clark struggled against Leicester and received a red card in stoppage time. Elsewhere Damien Delaney will have impressed new Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew during their 2-1 victory over Spurs. Strong throughout and should have done enough to keep his position.
Richard Dunne struggled for QPR and had a role in both goals that they were conceded. Rounded very easily for the first goal, then fooled with neat feet work for the second compounded a poor afternoon. Things went from bad to worse for Dunne when he had to be pulled away by team mates from QPR fans who were berating him.
For Everton both Coleman and McGeady started against champions Man City. Coleman was decent throughout but McGeady was poor at had to work on scraps from the impressive Gael Clichy.
Glen Whelan and Jon Walters both stared for Stoke against Arsenal. Walters saw very little of the ball throughout the game. Whelan was very poor throughout and was often chasing shadows in midfield.
From Hulls Irish contingent, Meyler and Quinn started, while Brady came on in the first half. Meyler was one of the better Hull players in a disappointing afternoon. Quinn struggled to impose himself on the game. Brady made an immediate impact when he came on but his influence waned in the second half.
In the Championship, two sides with a large Irish contingent fighting for promotion met. Derby ended up beating Ipswich 1-0. Ipswich have only lost one of their past 21 games and will consider themselves unlucky to have lost this. McGoldrick had plenty of opportunities and then found himself involved in a tustle with Eustace which resulted in the Derby man seeing red. Arguably the most impressive Irish player in the game was Derby captain Keogh.
Elsewhere Keiran Westwood continued his fine form which has Premier League clubs sniffing around him. Westwood added another clean sheet to his record as Wednesday beat Notts Forest 2-0.
Darren O’Dea started for his new club Blackpool but disappointingly was injured early on.
James McLean found the net and played well for Wigan, despite the 3-1 defeat.
Other impressive Championship players include Jon Douglas for Brentford, Stephen Gleeson and Darren Randolph.