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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C
PA Wire/PA Images Everton's Seamus Coleman looks dejected after Everton's loss to Swansea.
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Irish defenders are officially cursed this week
It’s been a couple of days to forget for the Boys in Green at the back.

LET’S HOPE THEY’RE getting their mistakes out of the way before the Euros, as it’s largely been a week to forget for Irish defenders.

Last night completed a bad few days for Marc Wilson. Having come on as a sub on Saturday, the Antrim native was outpaced by Jamie Vardy for Leicester’s second goal in the 3-0 defeat. And despite an injury to regular centre-back Ryan Shawcross, Wilson still didn’t make the starting line-up for the Capital One Cup semi-final against Liverpool last night, with Marc Muniesa picked ahead of him.

It wasn’t much better elsewhere this weekend. Seamus Coleman returned from injury off the bench, but missed a gilt-edged chance as Everton were beaten 2-1 at home by Swansea.

Robbie Brady also had a disappointing time at full-back, and was partially at fault for at least two of the goals in Liverpool’s 5-4 thriller with Norwich.

Richard Keogh scored an own goal and conceded a penalty in Derby’s 4-1 loss to Burnley in the Championship and Cyrus Christie was also part of the Rams’ leaky defence, while John O’Shea gave Benik Afobe an inch of space to score a diving header in Bournemouth’s 1-1 draw with Sunderland.

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Damien Delaney allowed Harry Kane to get a run on him, as the England international headed home Spurs’ equaliser against Crystal Palace, while Ciaran Clark was an unused sub once again in Aston Villa’s 0-0 draw with West Brom.

The one anomaly seems to be Stephen Ward, who didn’t appear to do too much wrong in Burnley’s aforementioned 4-1 win.

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Any other positives? Glenn Whelan and Jon Walters both did well against Liverpool last night despite ending up on the losing team, while Alan Judge kept up his excellent scoring record at the weekend and Anthony Stokes made a goalscoring start to his second stint at Hibs.

Meanwhile, Anthony Pilkington scored three goals — albeit one in his own net — as Cardiff drew 2-2 with Rotherham.

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