Ireland player ratings from Georgia victory

SHAY GIVEN 6

Didn’t have any decent efforts to stop but comfortable with the ball at his feet, as Ireland were conspicuously forced to play it back to him a lot.

SEAMUS COLEMAN 7

Almost scored with a brilliant volley on 36 minutes, and that reflected how he was one of the few players injecting life into Ireland’s game.

CIARAN CLARK 6

Made one brilliant block on nine minutes to prevent a Georgian effort but occasionally exposed by pace.

JOHN O’SHEA 6

Struggled with the directness of some of Georgia’s attacking, but adds a composure.

ROBBIE BRADY 6

Again solid at left-back, but tried the same predictable move in attack too often.

JEFF HENDRICK 8

Really grew into the game in the second half, and looked like David Silva for that exceptional match-winning assist.

GLENN WHELAN 6

A typical steading presence and even offered one very untypical piece of Glenn Whelan technique in the first half. Should have shot when through on goal in the second half.

JAMES MCCARTHY 6

We’re still waiting for that stand-out display in an Irish shirt. Did very little.

JON WALTERS 6

Becoming a real clutch attacker, as he scored another key goal in this group. The real replacement for Keane in that regard?

WES HOOLAHAN 7

Again the instigator of all of Ireland’s most creative moves but also found red shirt rather than a green one a little too often.

ROBBIE KEANE 4

Solely in the team at this point to take chances, but he squandered the only one he got, blazing it over the bar. Little wonder he was taken off.

SHANE LONG 6

Finally offered Ireland a target-man to hit those crosses to.

JAMES MCCLEAN 6

Immediately got himself booked and suspended with an industrial challenge.


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