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The Ireland Player Ratings From A Truly Woeful Performance In Tbilisi

The Ireland Player Ratings From A Truly Woeful Performance In Tbilisi
By Balls Team

That was genuinely tough to watch.

The build to Georgia vs Ireland, Martin O'Neill claimed that his side needed to retain possession to come away with a win, so it should be no surprise that we didn't after we put together one of the worst displays in terms of retaining possesion that Ireland fans have ever seen.

These player ratings were tougher than usual as there were very few moments of encouragement as we looked like the underdogs trying to steal a result against one of the group favourites, when in fact a win would have nearly put us in Russia.

That said, here is how we graded the Irish performers on a night that we would love to forget, but sadly won't for a long time...

Darren Randolph - 5

So hard to grade a goalkeeper in matches like this. Didn't make any mistakes, nothing he could do about the goal, but you can't exactly give him 7 out of 10 can you? Solid.

Cyrus Christie - 5

The Middlesbrough man is clearly useful going forward, but defensive questions must be asked as he was beaten too easily for Georgia's equaliser and was caught badly out of position on a number of occasions. Nowhere near the worst on the pitch today.

Shane Duffy - 6

Got his goal, as he will do again for Ireland as he's always a threat in the opposition box from set-pieces, but he was the chief-hoofer out there today, particularly in the first half where he pumped it with simple passes available.

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Ciaran Clark - 5

Clark is probably our best central defender on current form, he dealt well with what was thrown at him today, and there was a lot of it. Another one who is big threat from set-pieces, he needs the midfielders to come and take the ball from him so was responsible for a lot of hoofing today again, but was solid throughout.

Stephen Ward - 5

Ward was funnily the player who showed most often for the ball, but was often ignored. Solid defensively, we would have liked to see more from him going forward but this was not the game for that it seems. Solid if unspectacular.

Glenn Whelan - 3

After Roy Keane publicly defended Whelan against his nay-sayers during the week, those who doubted him were vindicated by what has to be up there with Whelan's worst games for Ireland. Had more hoofed clearances than completed passes, and was beaten far too often by the opposition. We respect Glenn Whelan and the service he's provided for Ireland, but that was really, really bad.

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Harry Arter - 4

Where did the Harry Arter who played so well against Man City last week go? Ireland's midfield was completely by-passed when in possession, and Arter did not offer the cover he usually does to the back four. Not as bad as Whelan but still well below what he is capable of.

Robbie Brady - 4

Our most creative player in the team, today was a big disappointment considering how well Brady played against Spurs last week. There was no taking on defenders, no intricate play, even his delivery was not as impeccable as it typically is.

James McClean - 4

Again, we just didn't see enough of him. For as hard as he worked, he struggled to beat his man one-v-one as he had been doing throughout the whole campaign, and missed a glorious chance to put us 2-0 up and then another to win it late on.

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Shane Long - 5

Bless his heart. What more could he have done? Georgia's defenders were bigger than him, and had to mark only him as we punted the ball in his general direction time and time again and hoped it would stick. Possibly our best player on the night and he barely kicked the ball.

Jon Walters - 5

More hard work from Walters who put the shift in as he always does, he has to be given some sympathy for playing right-back for most of the game.

Substitutes - 3

Harry Arter off when Whelan should have been called ashore, hoping from some sort of miracle from McGeady again, and then Daryl Murphy as the kitchen sink?

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All while Wes Hoolahan watches on from the bench?

Poor.

And to think.. It all started so well.

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