It may have only been a friendly versus Uruguay on Sunday but Cyrus Christie would have been watched closely by fans and management alike as he aspires to step into the shoes of the injured Seamus Coleman.
He performed superbly against Óscar Tabárez’s side in what was a nice build-up game to next Sunday’s crucial qualifier at home to Austria.
The 24-year-old still may have some more work to do on the defensive side of his game but his work rate and skill level were fantastic against the visitors.
The Coventry-born defender even chipped in with a goal having cut in from the right hand side. Some will argue it was a cross but the goal was realistically the bit of luck he deserved from a standout display.
After the game his manager, Martin O’Neill, was effusive in his praise of the Derby County man, even using Coleman to reference just how good he was.
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With a full week of preperation now to come for the Boys in Green ahead of the Austria clash some invaluable lessons will have been learned.
Should Ireland pull off a win against Marcel Koller’s men next week they can potentially go three points clear at the top of group D, with Wales facing Serbia (joint top with Ireland) in the other game near the summit.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena