Dublin: 10°C Tuesday 30 November 2021
Advertisement

Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Azerbaijan

Stephen Kenny’s side secured a morale-boosting victory.

Gavin Bazunu

7Our Rating

Had very little to do in the first half, but made a couple of important saves in the second as Azerbaijan rallied.

6

John Egan

7Our Rating

Made one particularly important tackle to stop an attack in the first half and was solid throughout.

6

Shane Duffy

8Our Rating

Made several important tackles, headers and interceptions, particularly when Azerbaijan were on top in the first half and stayed alert right until the dying seconds when he made a clearance off the line. Will be disappointed not to get on the scoresheet as he had two decent chances with his head in the second half.

6

Andrew Omobamidele

8Our Rating

Another assured performance from the youngster. He reads the game so well and already looks at home at this level.

6

James McClean

7Our Rating

Laid on the assist for Robinson's opener and had one really impressive driving run forward early in the second half. He needed to be more composed in the final third at times, but he gave his all as usual.

6

Matt Doherty

7Our Rating

Became more influential in the second half and linked up well with Robinson among others down the right. Had a nervy moment when it looked like he might concede a penalty but the referee made the correct call after consulting VAR.

6

Josh Cullen

7Our Rating

Protected the backline relatively well and was decent on set pieces too, grabbing an assist with the corner for the third goal.

6

Jeff Hendrick

6Our Rating

Struggled to influence the game at times, but worked hard and put in a decent defensive shift.

6

Daryl Horgan

5Our Rating

Somewhat of a surprise choice to play, Horgan didn't really justify his starting spot, conceding possession cheaply and not really having an impact before being replaced by Jamie McGrath at half-time.

6

Callum Robinson

9Our Rating

Scored a brilliant first goal and got a bit of luck with the deflection for the second. He continued to be a big threat in the second half and should have had a hat-trick, spurning some decent chances, but looks to have established himself now as a key player for Kenny's team.

6

Adam Idah

6Our Rating

A doubt before the game, Idah didn't look 100% fit. He had occasional decent moments such as when he set up Callum Robinson for a chance in the first half, but his hold-up play could have been better and it was no surprise when he was replaced by Chiedozie Ogebene just before the hour mark.

6

SEE SPORT
DIFFERENTLY

Get closer to the stories that matter with exclusive analysis, insight and debate in The42 Membership.

Become a Member

Subs:

Jamie McGrath: Had one excellent run early in the second half and generally made Ireland look to have a slightly better balance after replacing Horgan at the break. 7

Chiedozie Ogebene: Was given half an hour and took his chance really well, causing Azerbaijan’s defence problems with his pace and movement, while taking his goal well late on. 8

Conor Hourihane: Not on long enough to rate.

Troy Parrott: Not on long enough to rate.

About the author:

Paul Fennessy

Read next:

COMMENTS (25)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel