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How the Ireland players rated against Scotland

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Jon Walters opened the scoring for Ireland
Jon Walters opened the scoring for Ireland

Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland side struggled to hit top gear as the Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland ended in a 1-1 draw - here is how we rated the Irish players.

Shay Given – The veteran keeper had little to do and he has no chance to keep out Shaun Maloney’s deflected shot shortly after the break. Is his last chance to appear in a major tournament for Ireland slipping away - 7

Seamus Coleman – The Everton full-back got himself into some menacing positions down the right flank, but his final ball into the box was a disappointment. Maybe he could have been supported by a forward who had a little more intelligence in his movement than Daryl Murphy - 6

Robbie Brady – Charged with delivering Ireland’s set-pieces, but his approach was a little one-dimensional. One of his corners produced a goal, but it was all a little too predictable for the Scots to fend off - 6

Marc Wilson – A solid performance at the heart of the Irish defence, Wilson is not letting manager Martin O’Neill down in this Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. His lack of pace may be exposed by some speedy forwards - 6

John O'Shea – His memorable goal to salvage appoint against world champions Germany in Gelsenkirchen seems a long time ago now. He was unfortunate to deflect Scotland’s equaliser past Shay Given and had little else to do in a game when the visitors were not at their attacking best - 6

James McCarthy – Yet again, we are left to wonder what this highly rated Everton midfielder brings to the Ireland side. Lacking in invention and obsessed with passing the ball sideways, talk of a £25m summer move to Arsenal has not been boosted by this lacklustre display - 4

Glenn Whelan – It is easy to criticise Whelan as his lack of dynamism tends to stand out, yet the Stoke midfielder does what he is asked to do in the Ireland midfield. His role is to anchor the Irish midfield and he did that effectively enough - 6

Jeff Hendrick – A decent display from a player who has clearly caught O’Neill’s eye, but his lack of invention was something of a flaw in his performance. Ireland need pace and energy in their midfield and Hendrick struggled to provide a killer pass - 6

Wes Hoolahan – Eamon Dunphy’s campaign to see Hoolahan installed as a central figure in the Irish team was given an acid test against Scotland and this performance may not entirely justified the plaudits from the RTE pundit. His passing is decent, but the Norwich may is no world beater - 6

Jon Walters – A typically honest performance from the Stoke striker, Walters got his goal in the first half and gave his all to the cause. He will never win a match with a moment of individual brilliance, but every team needs battlers like this to make them tick - 7

Daryl Murphy – He worked hard, but appeared to be so keen to favour his left foot at every opportunity and that worked against him. He hardly proved he is ready to fill the void that Robbie Keane will leave sooner rather than later - 6

Subs:

James McClean for Whelan (68) – With Aiden McGeady out injured, O’Neill should have found a place in his starting line-up for this all-action winger. He lifted the crowd when he came on - 6

Robbie Keane for Hoolahan (73) – O’Neill had to give his record scorer a run, but it was a shame that he took off the inventive Hoolahan in the process – 6

Shane Long for Murphy (80) – Many observers were surprised when O’Neill left Long on the bench and he wasn’t given enough time to make a mockery of that contentious decision - 6