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Player ratings from Ireland's draw with Austria

Stefan Lainer of Austria in action against Ireland's James McClean
Stefan Lainer of Austria in action against Ireland's James McClean

Ireland recovered from a poor first-half performance to earn a point with Austria and keep their hopes of automatic qualification for the World Cup alive.

Here are our player ratings from the match:

Darren Randolph - One vital save in the second half, when it was still 1-0, was all the West Ham man had to do - but vitally he did it to keep Ireland's hopes alive. A bit unsteady in the first half, but no chance with the Austrian goal. 6

Cyrus Christie - Mixed the good with the bad, being always willing to get forward and create something with too many occasions on which the Derby County full-back simply gave the ball away. You cannot do that as an international player. 5

Kevin Long - A surprise choice by Martin O'Neill at centre-half and survived a couple of ropey moments early on to grow into the game. And Long almost got an equaliser for Ireland with a deft header from a corner. 7

Shane Duffy - Perhaps he needed a senior player around him, for this was a curiously poor effort from Duffy, missing clearances and misplacing passes. Still, he'll be better for being a Premier League player next season. 5

Stephen Ward - Will be anxiously awaiting the team selection in September as he gave the ball away a bit too often and also the team functioned much better when Robbie Brady went to left-back. That could be where O'Neill will go in the Autumn. 5

Glenn Whelan - Gave his all for an hour and tried to direct the team as skipper with other experienced players like Seamus Coleman and John O'Shea missing. But his place in the engine room is coming under threat. 6

Harry Arter - And this is one of those threatening to take Whelan's regular spot. Arter had a fine game, trying to propel Ireland forward, even though the midfield was a mess for long spells in this one. 8

Robbie Brady - Out of sorts for long spells, but was much better when shifting to left-back, admittedly that was at a time when Austria had given up on attacking. He'll claim the long ball for Walters' goal as an assist. 7

James McClean - As ever he put in a massive shift, the Derryman has become the beating heart of the team. But he passed when he might have shot and vice versa, James just needs to add that clinical edge to his game. 8

Jeff Hendrick - Like a fish out of water in the first half, trying to play as a 'No 10'. The Burnley man should never have been asked to play this role. He was much better when going into the heart of a 4-4-2. 6

Jon Walters - What a servant he has been to Irish football. Walters ran his heart out in this one and still had the composure and strength to score a great goal. What a difference a fit Jonny Walters might have made last summer at the Euros. 9