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How we rated the Irish players in Poland

SoccerBy John Brennan
Ireland denied a famous result in Poland
Ireland denied a famous result in Poland

It was a case of so near, yet so far for Ireland as they lost 2-1 against Poland in Warsaw to miss out on the chance of automatic qualification for Euro 2016.

Here is how we rated Martin O'Neill's Boys in Green:

Darren Randolph- The West Ham 'keeper had no chance with the goals and tried to organise his defence when times were tough. 7

Seamus Coleman- Did very well on his return to the team, one great covering tackle kept Lewandowski out. Not fully fit and Ireland have to hope he will be when the play-offs come around. 7

Richard Keogh- Caught out a few times as Poland weaved pretty patterns in front of him and he struggled to cope. 6

John O'Shea- Led by example with another towering display at the back. The captain was the best of our defence by a mile and his late red card is a hammer blow ahead of the play-offs. 8

Robbie Brady- Took all of Ireland's set-pieces and didn't deliver on them as he should. He was also prone to losing the ball in his left-back role. 6

Glenn Whelan- Worked hard, but never got in control of protecting his back four which was the job O'Neill asked him to do. 6

James McCarthy- Nowhere near as prominent as against Germany. The issue may be that he and Whelan are trying to do the same job. 7

Jon Walters- Ice-cool with the penalty and no lack of work-rate, but the Stoke man not as prominent as in recent matches. That said, his suspension from the first leg of the play-offs is a big blow. 7

Jeff Hendrick-  The game rather passed him by, which is understandable for a young player finding his feet in international football. 6

James McClean- Tried to make things happen, but little enough went right for the Derryman as he tried to impact the game and he was replaced by O'Neill. 6

Shane Long- Worked his socks off for almost an hour until fouled out of the game. The Poles had clearly seen the video of his German goal and double-teamed him. 7

Subs

Robbie Keane- Had half an hour to influence things, but couldn't. 5

Aidan McGeady- Failed to make an impact in the game, as he does all too often in Ireland green. 5

Wes Hoolahan- Came on for the last 20 minutes but couldn't find the opening. 5