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How the Ireland players rated against Holland

The players celebrate Long's opener
The players celebrate Long's opener

The Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Holland in a sometimes-lively affair at the Aviva Stadium. Here is how we rated Martin O'Neill's side.

DARREN RANDOLPH - Fairly quiet evening until the last few minutes for the West Ham United man. Caught in no man's land for Luuk de Jong's header. Still looks assured of a starting berth when Ireland kick off their campaign against Sweden in Paris on June 13. Surprising to see him play the full 90 minutes. 5

SEAMUS COLEMAN - Relatively quiet night from the Everton defender. Will be happy to have minutes under his belt after recovering from an end-of-season injury. 6

SHANE DUFFY - Decent outing from the Blackburn Rovers man in his first game paired up with O'Shea. Should have done better from a great out-swinging Brady corner but could not direct his header on target after finding space in the Dutch box. Was caught unaware by sub De Jong who ghosted past the centre-half for a six-yard header. 6

JOHN O'SHEA (C) - The captain will claim an assist for Shane Long's goal, when a humongous leap to meet Brady's corner saw his header flapped at by Netherlands keeper Jasper Cillesen. 7

ROBBIE BRADY- The Norwich City winger's superb corner was the catalyst for Ireland's goal. His delivery was top notch all night - practice seems to be paying off. Ireland fans will be hoping he can continue to be so productive from set pieces when the Euros kick off. 8

GLENN WHELAN - Standard effective outing from the ever-reliable Stoke City man. A sure starter against Sweden, however. 6

HARRY ARTER - The Bournemouth man was extremely keen to get himself involved, taking out Dutch captain Kevin Strootman in the opening 10 minutes before getting booked for a similar challenge before the half ended. Desperate to force his way onto the Euro 2016 plane, which Kevin Kilbane thinks he will do:

Energetic performance, which saw him awarded with the MOTM award. 8

STEPHEN QUINN - Energetic performance from the Dubliner who did well on a couple of occasions in the first half to rob the ball from the Dutch midfield. Delivery afterwards was lacking, however. One of those fighting for the final few spots in the 23-man squad so will not be happy to have come off in the 66th minute for Darron Gibson. 7

DAVID MCGOLDRICK - Similarly to Arter and Quinn, McGoldrick was raring to make his mark tonight but did not receive enough of the ball to do so. An opening 25 minutes which saw Holland boss possession did not help his case, while he was taken off for Hoolahan with 15 minutes left to play. Would be a surprise if he makes the final cut. 6

JOHN WALTERS - A quiet night in attacking terms from the ever-industrious Stoke City forward. Another who will have been delighted to get minutes under the belt after missing the end of the club season. A fully-fit Walters in France will be pivotal to Ireland's success at Euro 2016. 6

SHANE LONG - An all-action performance from the striker. Ireland fans will have been extremely worried when he went down early in the first half with a re-opening of his knee wound but he was quickly back up on the pitch. Put Ireland ahead with this goal in the 30th minute:

Mauricio Pochettino's presence at the game, accompanied by Long's adviser Pat Dolan, was one of the night's big talking points:

Will be wrapped in cotton wool for a few days to ensure he's fit and firing on June 13. Vital to Ireland's cause. 8

SUBSTUTUTES 

JAMES MCCLEAN, JEFF HENDRICK, DARRON GIBSON, WES HOOLAHAN, EUNAN O'KANE (All 6) - Out of these three, Gibson and O'Kane are the two that are really caught up in a fight to make the plane in a intensely-competitive battle for midfield spots. Neither had enough time to make a mark on the game. McClean, Hoolahan and Hendrick will all be going to France and should all see more minutes against Belarus on Tuesday.