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Player ratings: how the Boys in Green fared against Bosnia tonight

We give our thoughts on the Irish team’s performance in Zenica this evening.

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Darren Randolph: Didn’t have too much to do for most of the game, which made his fantastic save from a Lulic effort all the more impressive. 7

Seamus Coleman: Didn’t have many chances to produce his characteristic bursting runs forward, but was as reliable as ever at the back. 7

Ciaran Clark: Like Keogh, Clarke was a reassuring presence in an Irish defence that many predicted would struggle. 7

Richard Keogh: A deserved man-of-the-match, Keogh led Ireland’s depleted backline extremely well. 8

Stephen Ward: A manful effort given his lack of game time at club level, however he looked increasingly vulnerable as the game developed, picking up a needless booking and struggling to cope with Bosnia’s impressive right side. 5

Glenn Whelan: Gave the ball away too cheaply at times and was his usual unspectacular self, but contributed substantially to Ireland’s defensive effort. 6

James McCarthy: You still get the sense that he has more to offer in an attacking sense for Ireland, but like his midfield partner Whelan, showed good discipline and work ethic to frustrate the Bosnian attack. 6

Jeff Hendrick: Not involved enough in the play, but showed some nice touches when he got the ball and worked hard like the rest of his teammates. 6

Wes Hoolahan: Was so advanced that he could barely influence the play and was consequently taken off after an hour. 5

Robbie Brady: Was lively and inventive in possession and took his goal extremely well, although still a little disappointing on set pieces. 7

Daryl Murphy: Had a thankless task and cut an isolated figure as he struggled to hold the ball up in attack. 5

Subs: McClean provided some more energy on the left, but was badly caught out for the goal, while Wilson was solid in place of a tiring Ward. McGeady didn’t really have enough time to influence the play. 6

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