Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared tonight

Ireland ultimately scraped over the line against Georgia this evening.

Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Darren Randolph: Was rarely tested, but did what he had to do well. 6

Seamus Coleman: Came up with the match-winning moment when Ireland were struggling and deserves tremendous credit for that. 8

Ciaran Clark: Wasn’t overly busy, but looked solid whenever tested. 7

Shane Duffy: Justified his selection, winning a number of headers at the back, as the Irish defence seldom looked like being breached. 7

Stephen Ward: As solid as the rest of the back four and appears to have won over a few doubters now, after some questioned his selection in the past. 7

James McCarthy: Did everything that was expected of him, winning a few good tackles and shepherding the back four well. 7

Jeff Hendrick: Showed a few nice touches, but one of his quieter games overall. 6

Robbie Brady: Made a few lovely sweeping passes and decent set-piece deliveries, before injuring himself following a brave header that nearly resulted in a goal. 7

James McClean: A constant menace to the Georgian defence, McClean was usually Ireland’s biggest threat in attack and hardly ever stopped running. 8

Jon Walters: Worked hard, but struggled to win headers against a physically imposing Georgian defence. Still created one or two decent chances though. 6

What are they
really like?

Rare insights on sport's biggest names from the writers who know them best. Listen to Behind the Lines podcast.

Become a Member

Shane Long: Ran hard, and caused Georgia more problems as they pushed forward, but still needs to be more clinical in front of goal. 6

Subs: Glenn Whelan and John O’Shea didn’t do much wrong in the few minutes they had on the field. 6

Martin O’Neill: Bravely persisted with the team after a poor first-half performance and his faith was ultimately justified. 7

The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add!

‘Direct’ Man City are Guardiola’s biggest challenge yet – Puyol>

Wenger will stay at Arsenal and snub England, believes Pires>

About the author:

Paul Fennessy

Read next: