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Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Georgia

How did Martin O’Neill’s men perform individually in their must-win encounter this evening?

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Shay Given: Had very little to do, and dealt with the basics comfortably enough. 7

Seamus Coleman: Made some threatening forward runs, but his final ball was disappointing all too often. 6

John O’Shea: Did what he needed to do without being tested too strenuously. 7

Ciaran Clark: Had one good interception in the first half, but like O’Shea, had little to do. 7

Robbie Brady: Started off very nervously, giving away a needless corner with a stray pass early on, but regained his composure thereafter. Set pieces were a little disappointing though, given how good Brady can be in those situations. 6

James McCarthy: Did try to get forward at times, but again failed to contribute enough in an attacking sense. 6

Glenn Whelan: Made two good tackles in one impressive cameo, and was steady without being overly impressive. Stupidly booked for dissent. 6

Wes Hoolahan: One of the few players always looking to make something happen and was involved in some decent link-up play, but didn’t see enough of the ball to dictate the play. 6

Jeff Hendrick: Had one ambitious through ball that almost found Robbie Keane in the first half and did superbly to set up Walters for the goal. 7

Jon Walters: Proved a useful outlet in holding the ball up at times, and took his goal well. 7

Robbie Keane: Fairly uninvolved for the most part — had one half-chance that went well over the bar in the first half, but couldn’t really quibble with being substituted at half-time. 5

Shane Long: Made a big difference. Ireland had much more presence and dynamism in attack when he came on. 7

James McClean: Immediately made his presence felt with an overly robust tackle for which he was booked. Had a decent cross in for Long which the striker couldn’t direct on target and produced a fantastic effort in the dying moments that was well saved. 7

Martin O’Neill: Playing with three defensive midfielders didn’t work out particularly well in the first half, but his introduction of Long was the right move at the right time. 7

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