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Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Gibraltar this evening

We judge how each player did individually in Ireland’s comprehensive win this evening.

The Irish team line out for tonight's match.
The Irish team line out for tonight's match.
Image: PA Wire/PA Images

Shay Given: Made one decent save from a Gibraltar pot shot in the first half but didn’t have a lot to do otherwise. 6

Cyrus Christie: Got a well-taken goal and always looked to be positive going forward from full-back. 7

John O’Shea: Didn’t do a lot wrong but had a predictably quiet game. 6

Ciaran Clark: Made one especially good interception from a Gibraltar attack, but will feel he should have scored from a free header that hit the bar early in the game. 6

Robbie Brady: Proved a continual threat with his clever link-up play and dangerous set-piece delivery. He also made one vital tackle in his own box to prevent a near-certain goal. 7

Glenn Whelan: Arguably shouldn’t have been in the side as it wasn’t a game that suited his strengths, yet Whelan produced his usual solid but unspectacular display. 6

James McCarthy: Even against poor-quality opposition, McCarthy never fully imposed himself on the game, though he did produce a fine pass in the build up for the second goal. 6

Jeff Hendrick: A workmanlike display, but like his fellow midfielders, more would have been expected in a creative sense, though he did provide an excellent cross for the fourth goal. 6

Wes Hoolahan: Involved in some great link-up play and provided an assist for the first goal and won the penalty for the third. 8

Jon Walters: Played an integral part in the second goal and had a great effort from distance in the first half. Worked tirelessly, though he scuffed two decent chances. 7

Robbie Keane: Took his goals well, and probably will feel he could have scored at least one more. 8

Subs: Shane Long took his goal well, Aiden McGeady looked lively and Stephen Quinn had some nice touches in their respective 20-minute cameos. 7

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