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Player Ratings As Dull Ireland Outclassed By Dynamic Danes

Ireland finished their UEFA Nations League campaign with a lacklustre 0-0 draw against Denmark in Aarhus on Monday night.

O’Neill’s side managed to keep a dangerous, but weakened, Danish side scoreless despite Åge Hareide’s side creating all the chances in what was an incredibly one-sided affair.

As the Boys in Green finish bottom of their Nations League group and the Danes finish top, let’s take a look at Pundit Arena’s player ratings from the drab draw in Denmark.

Darren Randolph – 6

Another strong performance from Randolph between the sticks who made a number of solid saves to keep Ireland in the game in the first half. One of the few positions where Ireland appear to be strong in.

Seamus Coleman – 5

Didn’t do too much wrong in Aarhus, in truth, but failed to influence the game in an attacking sense on the right as we know he is well able to. Another who is still returning to full fitness, but as captain he must be frustrated at what the side he is leading has become.

Richard Keogh – 6

Was incredibly lucky not to see his dawdling on the ball punished by Jorgensen who hit the post with the goal gaping midway through the second half. Apart from that though, Keogh was strong alongside Duffy and Long and defended well when called upon. Will be pleased with the clean sheet.

Kevin Long – 6

Seems to be a solid performer whenever he puts on the Irish shirt, Kevin Long can hold his head high after shutting out a dangerous Danish side. Proved he had a fairly good understanding in a back three alongside Keogh and Duffy.

Shane Duffy – 5.5

Blocked well from Jorgensen in the first half and as per usual looked solid at the heart of the Irish defence. Has become a real leader over time for Ireland but must now work on his choice of pass, which, in his defence, was far from helped by the angles his midfielders were producing.

Enda Stevens – 5.5

Brought some good balance to the left side early in the first half but struggled to make any impact going forward as Ireland were non-existent as a creative force. A better option at left wing-back than McClean certainly and despite showing some moments of hesitation was probably one of Ireland’s brighter sparks on an incredibly dull evening.

Jeff Hendrick – 4

Played in a deeper role than usual in an attempt to get O’Dowda and Brady further up the field, but as has now become the trend he failed to influence the game at all. The Burnley man certainly wasn’t helped by players ahead of him who often failed to make an angle for a pass as Hendrick picked the ball up from deep.

Cyrus Christie – 3

Despite what Martin O’Neill will try and have everyone believe, Christie is not a midfielder and never will be. Gave the ball away frequently in the first half and played like a man who didn’t know his position. Time for O’Neill to hastily abandon this experiment.

Robbie Brady – 4

Doesn’t look very comfortable in a midfield three but he is still on the way back from injury so could probably be slightly excused for his poor display in Aarhus. Failed to influence the game along with his midfield partners and should’ve done more to make himself available for passes from deep. Poor from one of Ireland’s best.

Callum O’Dowda – 4

Hendrick receives criticism for failing to influence games but it’s high time questions were asked of O’Dowda, who is supposed to be one of Ireland’s most creative players. Shied away from the ball and struggled when he did receive it. Presumably tasked with the role of supporting O’Brien he rarely, if ever, got beyond the Millwall striker. One could argue he’s playing out of position.

Aiden O’Brien – 4

Like Robinson last week, the lone striker role proved incredibly difficult for O’Brien who was forced to drop far too deep in an attempt to see some of the ball. Struggled up against two strong defenders and was given little or no support from his midfielders. A tough night in Aarhus for the Millwall man.

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Subs:

Ronan Curtis – 5

Barely saw any of the ball, despite his introduction initially providing promise.

Callum Robinson – 5

Should arguably have started but also failed to influence the game as he saw little or nothing of the ball.

Michael Obafemi – N/A

Wasn’t on the field long enough to rate but the fact that he actually got on the field is a huge bonus for Ireland.

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