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Dublin: 15 °C Friday 14 August, 2020

Irish Eye: Stephen Ward silences the Kop

Michael Maher reflects on yet more action in the Premier League as the Irish are in the thick of it again.

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Stephen Ward – Wolves

What a night for the former Bohs player.

Generally deployed as a left back, Ward showed great composure in front of goal to poke home the ball inside the post.

Excellent in the air throughout the night and was a great foil for Ebanks-Blake. Take note Mr Trapattoni.

Great captain’s performance also from Kevin Foley while Stephen Hunt’s performance will be giving Liverpool’s Glen Johnson a few nightmares over the coming nights. A great night for Wolves and Mick McCarthy.

Seamus Coleman – Everton

Arguably the only Irish player to take the Premier League by storm this season, Coleman again showed his qualities with a neatly-taken goal against West Ham.

Deployed on the right wing yet again, Coleman caused Ilunga, and later Jonathon Spector serious problems.

Did well to make space in the box for his goal and kept his composure when he needed to. Showed good trickery on the ball for the full game, and rarely wastes possession.

Stephen Carr – Birmingham City

Playing some of the best football of his career at the moment, Carrs decision to retire two seasons ago is looking more laughable by the week.

Did an excellent job marshalling Rooney to such an extent that the frustration was evident on Rooney’s face. Certainly one of Birmingham City’s best players this season.

Darron Gibson – Manchester United

Given a rare opportunity, and did decent. Better in the second half when he was allowed to attack a little more.

Good work in the lead-up to Berbatov’s goal and can be happy with his assist. Still struggles to impose himself on the game, but there are certainly lots of positives there.

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