How the Ireland players rated against Georgia

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Walters bagged the vital winner for Ireland
Walters bagged the vital winner for Ireland

The Republic of Ireland got the 1-0 win they needed in their vital Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium and here is how we rated Martin O'Neill's side.

SHAY GIVEN - A quiet night for the veteran Ireland keeper, he looked secure in the moderate amount of work he was asked to do. Given's experience will be vital in the final two Group D qualifiers. 6

SEAMUS COLEMAN - The Everton man was a threat breaking forward and he was a potent attacking outlet down the flank. Ireland need to find a way to use his pace on the wing with a little more efficiency. 7

JOHN O'SHEA - The lack of action that may come O'Shea's way at Sunderland this season is a concern, but O'Neill will want one of his most experienced performers to lead his defence. 6

CIARAN CLARK - He didn't always look secure when the Georgians offered their rare forward bursts, but he is the best bet to partner O'Shea at the heart of his backline. 6

ROBBIE BRADY - The established left back in this Ireland side, Brady needs to improve his set-piece delivery if he is to be at his most effective for O'Neill. 6

JEFF HENDRICK - The game needed a moment of magic to crack it open and the Derby man provided it with his burst for Walters goal. For that reason alone, he deserves a lofty billing. 7

GLENN WHELAN - Much-maligned he may be, but the Stoke midfielder does a job for Ireland as the anchor at the base of the midfield. A yellow card means he will miss the next game against Germany. 7

JAMES McCARTHY - The Everton midfielder did his best to influence the game, but he came up short on the international stage once again. We have to hope he shakes off his uncertainty in the final two Group D games against Germany and Poland. 6

WES HOOLAHAN - The clamour to get this Norwich midfielder into the Ireland side has not been followed by match winning displays. He struggled to make his mark in the first half, but improved after the break. 6

JONATHAN WALTERS - Every team needs a player like this. He gives his all, rarely lets his performance level drop and pops up with crucial goals. An unsung hero for Ireland, he was man of the match on a night when he bullied the Georgian defence. 8

ROBBIE KEANE - It seemed a little harsh to haul Keane off at half-time as he was not given any kind of service from a lacklustre side before the break. Removing this goal scoring great sent a message to the rest of the Ireland player to raise their level. 6


SHANE LONG (for Keane 45 mins) - Handed his chance at half-time and he showed energy and enthusiasm leading the line. He could have made it 2-0 to Ireland, but fluffed his lines with a great chance in front of goal. 6

JAMES McCLEAN (for Hoolahan 75 mins) - Booked seconds after he arrived on the pitch, you can never fault McClean for his passion and effort. 6