Ireland picked up a crucial 1-0 win over a tricky Georgian side in Mick McCarthy’s first game back at Landsdowne Road.
Conor Hourihane scored Ireland’s only goal thanks to a free-kick in the 35th minute, with the Boys in Green looking much improved from Saturday’s game against Gibraltar.
Here are the player ratings as Ireland picked up a crucial three points against Georgia.
Darren Randolph – 6
The Middlesbrough man barely touched the ball in the first 45 minutes but came up trumps once again with an important save to deny Georgia and equaliser in first-half stoppage time.
Again Randolph was calm and cool and on the ball when he had to be. Proved to be a real asset for Ireland.
Seamus Coleman – 6
Ireland’s captain looked much more like himself against Georgia and was a threat down the right alongside Robbie Brady.
The Everton man was tested by the Georgian attack but dealt well with what was thrown at him and looks to be getting back to himself.
Much better without Matt Doherty.
Richard Keogh – 6
A player who has had to fight for his place given the club form of John Egan but once again Richard Keogh was solid at the heart of the defence.
He had a couple of questionable clearances but difficult to criticise the Derby man after another clean sheet.
Shane Duffy – 6
A constant commanding figure in the heart of the defence for Ireland, the whole country breathed a collective sigh of relief when he was passed fit after his ankle knock.
Duffy put in a couple of body-on-the-line blocks and was a dominant figure in the air for Ireland. Another clean sheet and solid performance from one of Ireland’s best players.
Enda Stevens – 6
Stevens didn’t put a foot wrong at left-back and looked decidedly improved from the game against Gibraltar.
The Sheffield United man could have done more going forward but it’s hard to criticise him after that performance.
Glenn Whelan – 7
There were a lot of eyebrows raised at Whelan’s inclusion but within 10 minutes you could see why he was there.
He sat behind Hourihane and Hendrick and allowed them to break into the box to support David McGoldrick who was Ireland’s lone striker.
International retirement could be the best thing to ever happen to him.
Conor Hourihane – 8
Saw an excellent effort saved by the Georgian keeper and was very lively breaking from midfield in the first half, with Whelan sitting behind him.
The Villa man deserved his goal when he lashed the free-kick past the Georgian keeper. Finally growing into his role in the Irish midfield.
Jeff Hendrick – 6
The Burnley man has spoken openly about wanting to up his game in the green of Ireland and it’s difficult to deny his improvement against Georgia.
He worked hard to support McGoldrick making promising runs and found himself in some good positions out wide. A little more of this and he’ll soon be back in the Irish good books.
Robbie Brady – 6
It still looks as though the Burnley man is finding his feet after a lengthy period out injured but he linked up well with Coleman at times on the right.
Cutting inside on his left-foot he looked dangerous and in fairness to him proved a more effective player in the role than Doherty did on Saturday night.
David McGoldrick – 9
McGoldrick showed exactly why he’s been so highly touted at his club level operating well as the lone striker with his touch and hold-up play both looking very sharp.
The Sheffield United man is stylish and slick in possession and deserved a goal for his overall display.
The best player on the park in green.
James McClean – 6
A lot more like it from the Stoke City man, who was lucky to even keep his place following his abysmal display against Gibraltar on Saturday night.
He had the beating of his full-back and arguably should have gone at him a little more as he drew two or three fouls out of him.
McClean also worked hard to support Enda Stevens defensively. A solid display.
Aiden O’Brien – 5
He put himself about but wasn’t on long enough to show too much real promise.
Matt Doherty – N/A
The Wolves man wasn’t on the field long enough to rate.