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Ireland vs Ukraine player ratings from 1-0 loss

Ireland Ukraine player ratings

A really disappointing night at the Aviva.

Ireland suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Ukraine on Wednesday night, thanks to a second-half goal by Viktor Tyshankov.

It was the same old story for Stephen Kenny and his side – a decent performance with some nice football and decent passages of play, before yet another loss.

Simply put, the pressure is really starting to grow on the former Dundalk boss.

Ireland vs Ukraine player ratings

Caoimhin Kelleher – 4

Just like against Armenia, the Liverpool man looked a bit lost from crosses, which showed when Ukraine went a goal ahead.

Didn’t command his box in the slightest. He’s good, but he’s not Gavin Bazunu, and it showed tonight.

Cyrus Christie – 4

Did his best, as he has always done when pulling on the green jersey, and didn’t make any major errors. Nothing to get excited about either.

Nathan Collins – 6

A commanding presence at the back at his young age, and a guaranteed starter for Ireland for years to come. He can occasionally be a bit too relaxed on the ball, but you’d imagine Kenny is encouraging this sort of play.

Shane Duffy – 3

A terrible performance from the big man, who was tasked with the captaining the side on the night. With Andrew Omobamidele on the rise and returning to fitness, he can’t afford to be playing that poorly. Could have and should have scored twice.

Ireland Ukraine player ratings

John Egan – 3

Disappointing again from the Sheffield United defender. He has gone from being one of Ireland’s best performers to look quite underwhelming lately.

He went down with an injury on the hour mark, which may explain why he looked a bit off the pace.

Enda Stevens – 3

Looked way off it yet again. Can understand why Kenny stuck with him, but this could have been a rare occasion for James McClean to showcase his talents.

Josh Cullen – 4

Some nice touches in midfield, and he broke the play up well on occasion. Gave the ball away a bit too often for a player as safe as him.

Jeff Hendrick – 5

Was more willing to try things than Cullen, but his execution was all over the place. His effort was great, but like the rest of them, wasn’t his day.

Jason Knight – 8

Showed in the first few minutes what Ireland were missing against Armenia, and why there is Premier League interest in him. He will be a regular feature in this Ireland midfield for years to come. Our best player on the night.

Callum Robinson – 4

Poor performance from the West Brom forward. He arguably could have had a penalty in the first-half, and as always his movement was nice, but Ireland need way more from their striker in these types of games.

Chiedozie Ogbene – 5

Lively as always, and a real handful for the Ukraine defenders, but not his finest ever showing. Fouled multiple times, which is proving to be the smartest way of stopping the winger. If his end product improves, he will be a top class player.

Substitutes: 

Dara O’Shea – 4

Failed to impress when he came on, and with nobody’s jersey safe, he could well have made the position his own tonight if he did well when he got on to the pitch.

James McClean  – 5

Put a nice ball into the box, and perhaps should have started over Stevens. Would imagine we will see him do so against Scotland on Saturday.

Michael Obafemi – 6

Similarly to the game against Armenia, Obafemi failed to do anything too special when he came on, but there were no chances created for the Swansea striker. A few nice touches though, and he should start against Scotland. He deserves a proper go.

CJ Hamilton – 5

Another who looked exciting and who could be used against Scotland. His pace is badly needed in this team.

Alan Browne – 3

Had a terrible impact on the match. A complete waste of a substitution, who offered literally nothing.

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