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Ireland Player Ratings As Glenn Whelan Bows Out In Drab NI Draw

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Ireland and Northern Ireland played out a drab scoreless draw at the Aviva Stadium as Glenn Whelan said farewell to the Boys in Green.

O’Neill’s side looked poor and void of ideas and had goalkeeper Darren Randolph to thank for saving them on a couple of occasions as the away side created a number of opportunities.

Here are Pundit Arena’s player ratings as Ireland limp to a draw against their near neighbours Northern Ireland.

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Darren Randolph: 8

One of Ireland’s best performers which, in truth, is probably a worrying sign. Made a string of comfortable saves in the first half and one tremendous one to deny Gavin Whyte, before another following Darragh Lenihan’s error. A solid man to have between the sticks

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Seamus Coleman: 6

Great to see him back in the Irish starting eleven and did well defensively. Showed glimpses of what he can do going forward but failed to truly influence the game.

John Egan: 7

A steady performance in what was a tough evening for Ireland. Looked again comfortable at international level.

Darragh Lenihan: 4

Looked shaky at times and was caught in possession on a couple of occasions, and on both Randolph had to pull the Blackburn man out of a hole. A tough night at the office.

Shane Duffy: 7

Looked good in the air and difficult to blame him for a couple of individual mistakes from Lenihan next to him. A consistent threat from set pieces.

Robbie Brady: 6

Fantastic to see him fit and back in an Irish shirt again. Whipped in a couple of fantastic balls from the left but was quiet on his first game in green in a year. Will continue to be one of Ireland’s most important players when he returns to form and full fitness.

Jeff Hendrick: 4

If you’ve seen one Jeff Hendrick performance in an Irish shirt recently you’ve seen them all. Played in a midfield three but was anonymous for most of the game. You’d wonder what he has to do for O’Neill to drop him at this rate.

Glenn Whelan: 6

A great send off for one of Ireland’s best servants, Whelan looked a little off the pace legs wise but was solid and good in possesion, releasing the likes of O’Dowda and Brady when required. Came off after 35 minutes to a well deserved standing ovation.

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Callum O’Dowda: 5

Delivered a couple of decent balls into the area but as a player who is supposed to be one of Ireland’s main attacking threats he was very quite. Replaced at half-time by Ronan Curtis.

James McClean: 5

Got up and down the left well but was caught out on a number of occasions as he proved yet again that he isn’t a left wing back. The Stoke man was also heavily booed by the away fans for much of the game but it’s unlikely that that had any bearing on his performance.

Callum Robinson: 6

Lively when he got on the ball which in the first half was rarely. Frustrating for him given the lack of support from either the midfield or out wide. Improved with the introduction of Curtis beside him though.

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Subs:

Conor Hourihane: 5

Came on for Whelan but failed to impress in an Irish shirt once again and found himself often being overrun in the middle of the park.

Ronan Curtis: 6

Extremely lively when he came on and looked like one of few in green who looked like they could possibly make something happen.

Seani Maguire: 5 

Came off injured after only a few touches of the ball. Desperately unlucky.

Enda Stevens: 6

Steadied the ship on the left but had too little time to influence the game.

Scott Hogan: N/A

Not on long enough to rate.

Cyrus Christie: N/A

Not on long enough to rate.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here oisin@punditarena.com