Ireland player ratings against Austria

Darryl Geraghty

Here are the player ratings following a frustrating night at the Aviva that saw Ireland get an 85th min equalizer against a weakened Austria.

Darren Randolph: 6.
To some, surprisingly chosen over Kieran Westwood, and looked nervy in the first half failing to come for a corner but made a top drawer save to keep Ireland in it at 1-0. Needs first team football.

Cyrus Christie: 6.
Energetic performance, will never be Seamus Coleman and Ireland need to look past it. Not as good as last week but solid if not overly effective.

Kevin Long: 6.5.
The biggest surprise on Martin O’Neill’s teamsheet, making his first competitive start, and the Burnley man didn’t disappoint. Solid and assured.

Shane Duffy: 5.5
Won everything in the opposition box, constant threat but reckless at times too. Distribution needs to dramatically improve

Stephan Ward: 4.5.
Very nervy performance. Hauled off early in the second half as Martin O’Neill opted for a 3-5-2, similar to last weeks performance against Uruguay no threat going forward.

Robbie Brady: 6.5.
Will claim an assist for his long clearance for the equalizer but no getting away from a poor first half. Dropped from the middle of the park to left wing back were he was able to influence the game more and will have better days in the green shirt

Glenn Whelan: 7.
Looked most assured on the ball in a nervy first half. Kept possession well. One of his better performances

Jeff Hendrick: 5.
Lots of effort not much impact. Can play much better, unsure of his position maybe? Didn’t helpWalters in the first half and long ball tactics not helping his game either

Harry Arter: 5.
Clearly has bags of ability and similar to Hendrick, long ball game doesn’t suit his style. Subbed for the more creative Wes Hoolahan in the second half.

James McClean: 6.
Epitome of hard work and commitment but not his best night. Slashed at a golden chance following a goal line clearance when a cooler head may have slotted home. Still one of our better players.

John Walters: 8.
Thankless task of working alone up top. Isolated far too much but never gave up. Took his goal superbly and once again our savior.

Subs:

Wes Hoolahan: 7.
Just HAS to play. Creative force right from the minute he picked up the ball, nearly forcing an own goal with a dangerously whipped in cross.

Daryl Murphy: 6.
Worked hard when coming on to support Walters and suited to hoof-ball on show. Made it difficult for the Austrian mountains at the back.

Aiden McGeady: 5.
Not much time to influence the game.

Image Credit: RTÉ.ie

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