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

It was a disappointing night for the Irish team.

Ireland's James McClean tackles Poland's Kamil Grosicki.
Ireland's James McClean tackles Poland's Kamil Grosicki.

Darren Randolph: Couldn’t do much about the goals and made one excellent save to deny Grosicki. 6

Seamus Coleman: One of Ireland’s better performers, a superb goal-saving tackle on Lewandowski was the highlight of his display. 7

Richard Keogh: Didn’t do too much wrong at the back, but missed a glaring chance from a header late on. 6

John O’Shea: Looked nervy all night. Was lucky not to concede a penalty after being all over Lewandowski from at least one set piece and was deservedly sent off after some silly fouls. 5

Robbie Brady: Had a bit of a nightmare in contrast with his excellent performance against Germany. His set pieces were consistently poor and his misplaced pass led to John O’Shea’s red card. 4

Glenn Whelan: Didn’t really contribute enough either on or off the ball. 5

James McCarthy: Made some good tackles but like the rest of the team, struggled to influence the play going forward at times. 6

Jeff Hendrick: Just didn’t influence the play enough and looked tired after two games in three days. 5

James McClean: Ireland gave away possession sloppily on several occasions and McClean was one of the serial culprits. 5

Jon Walters: Took his goal well and worked tirelessly all night. 7

Shane Long: Ran his heart out and did well to win the penalty. 7

Subs: Ireland looked slightly better as the game wore on, and all three subs played a part in improving the team marginally. 7

Martin O’Neill: Ireland needed goals, yet O’Neill’s team selection had the look of a side that didn’t want to be get beaten and conspicuously lacked creativity. The subs changed this situation to a degree but it proved too little too late. 5

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