Ireland were defeated 1-0 in Turkey this evening’s friendly, but there were some positive signs for Martin O’Neill as he looks to rebuild…
Colin Doyle: 6
The Bradford shot-stopper’s distribution didn’t always look completely assured. When some of the long shots began to hit the target, Doyle was equal to them. There’s wasn’t much he could do about the goal.
Seamus Coleman: 6
It’s great to see the Donegal man back in green, 12 months on from a horror leg break. The Everton fullback looked comfortable in defence, and drew a few frees from the Turks when bursting forward.
Shane Duffy: 6
This was below the standard Duffy has set in green in recent times, with the Derry native being guilty of fouling too often. However, he did put his body on the line to make a number of blocks.
Declan Rice: 8
Rice looks assured at this level, and it’s the standout positive from tonight. He showed enough across the 90 minutes to suggest the hype is certainly justified.
Kevin Long: 6
Long was part of a defensive outfit that looked watertight for the most part, barring the goal.
James McClean: 6
The deeper role didn’t suit McClean, who was putting himself about physically to nobody’s surprise. After pushing forward in the second half, he looked more threatening, marauding down the left wing.
Conor Hourihane: 5
The Cork native didn’t get on a huge amount of ball, and perhaps needs to adapt to this Irish system, in what is a pivotal position for Martin O’Neill’s plans. His form for Aston Villa is an indication of what he can do, but we didn’t see it this evening.
Jeff Hendrick: 8
Hendrick was one of Ireland’s standout players. The Burnley midfielder played a delightful through ball for Scott Hogan in the first half, and held possession well throughout.
Alan Browne: 5
Browne didn’t see a huge amount of the ball, perhaps due to a bigger problem with the Irish playing style. He showed ambition with some attempted passes, but it was a game which he failed to put his stamp on proceedings.
Scott Hogan: 6
Hogan’s 75 minutes tonight will be remembered for the glorious opportunity in the first half. He timed his run to perfection, rounded the keeper, but the touch was just too heavy as he closed off the angle for himself.
Sean Maguire: 6
Maguire was his industrious self throughout, and was perhaps unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the first half. Maguire will benefit from the experience, but his wait must go on for his first international goal.
Shane Long: 5
Matt Doherty: 6
Ciaran Clark: 5
David Meyler: 5
Daryl Horgan: Not on long enough to be rated
Alan Judge: Not on long enough to be rated