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Irish Player Ratings: Doherty Dazzles & Coleman Returns To His Brilliant Best

Irish Player Ratings: Doherty Dazzles & Coleman Returns To His Brilliant Best

Judging by these Irish player ratings, we are certainly not short of a right back anyway. Seamus Coleman has continued his unbelievable run of form as of late, starring as Everton overcame Arsenal. Meanwhile, Matt Doherty put in a typically brilliant performance, even if Wolves could not advance to the FA Cup final.

On what was a good weekend for our internationals, Shane Long even started scoring again!

Irish Player Ratings

Shane Long got back on track despite his team's loss to Liverpool, scoring the game's opener. The Tipperary man was given the chance to start due to Danny Ings being unable to play against his parent club, and made the most of it.

He was rated at 6.5/10 by saintsmarching.com, who were impressed with is work rate and harrying of the opposition defenders.

Jeff Hendrick started for Burnley in their impressive 3-1 win at Bournemouth, a result which was a major boost to their hopes of retaining their Premier League status. He was played in an unfamiliar wide right position once again, but impressed the Lancashire Telegraph with his ability to do a job for the team, who gave him a 7/10.

Seamus Coleman starred once again as Everton condemned Arsenal to a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park. The Ireland captain was sensational all afternoon, getting an 8/10 from the Liverpool Echo:

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Got forward very well down the right flank and was just a final ball away from causing a lot of problems. But it was in defence in which the full back really impressed, putting in so much heart and desire to make sure Arsenal couldn't break forward. A brilliant display.

After taking some time to get going this season, the right back is back to his brilliant best in recent weeks.

In the FA Cup, Brighton came up just short of a place in the final, losing 1-0 to Manchester City in a drab affair at Wembley. Shane Duffy was given a 7/10 by the Brighton & Hove Independent, who mentioned he defended very well against City's front line.

Despite the best efforts of Matt Doherty, Wolves were unable to book a place in the FA Cup final, falling to a 3-2 defeat to Watford in extra time. The Irishman opened the scoring in the game, showing some fantastic attacking instincts to nod home the ball at the far post.

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That was his seventh goal of the season, and fourth in the FA Cup. Doherty would also register an assist for Wolves' second, providing a wonderful cross for Raul Jimenez.

Despite their collapse late on, the Birmingham Mail gave him an 8/10.

In the Championship, Darragh Lenihan continued his comeback from injury, playing the full 90 minutes for Blackburn in the 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City.

James McClean started that game for the visitors, getting a 7/10 from the Stoke Sentinel for a decent shift down the left.

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Aston Villa secured a late win over Sheffield Wednesday to give their promotion hopes a serious boost, with Glenn Whelan in the starting lineup. It was a bit of a dip in performance from the midfielder considering he has been flying as of late, getting only a 5.5/10 from the Birmingham Mail.

David McGoldrick made a game winning contribution for Sheffield United, scoring the only goal of the game as they beat Preston at Deepdale.

He was given an 8/10 for by The Star for a fantastic display, continuing the strong form he showed during the recent international break:

A joy to watch when he's in full flight and capped his display with the winning goal, a poacher's effort from close range. Dropped deep to link up attack and midfield and has a good relationship with Sharp on and off the field.

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John Egan and Enda Stevens also started in that game, being rated at 8/10 and 7/10 respectively, while Scott Hogan came off the bench late on. With Leeds losing to Birmingham City, this win put The Blades back into the automatic promotion places.

Alan Browne made his comeback from injury for Preston in that game, making his 200th appearance for the club. He looked slightly off the pace on his return, getting a 6/10 from the Lancashire Evening Post.

Callum Robinson and Sean Maguire also started for the home side, with the pair both rated at 6/10.

Derby's promotion hopes suffered a blow when they drew 3-3 at Brentford, with Richard Keogh being given a 6/10 by the Derby Telegraph for his performane.

Aiden O'Brien came off the bench as Millwall beat West Brom 2-0 at home.

Despite being all but relegated to League One, Ipswich Town managed a 2-1 win at Bolton. Alan Judge played for the first time since signing permanently for the club, with the East Anglian Daily Times giving him a 7/10 for a solid showing.

Middlesbrough had a horror showing at Swansea, with Championship goalkeeper of the season Darren Randolph unable to stop them slumping to a 3-1 defeat. The Teeside Gazette rated him at 4/10, which was remarkably the highest mark on his team.

James Collins had a mixed afternoon as Luton cemented their place at the top of the League One table. He would score early on to give his side the lead, his 22nd of the season.

However, he would later be sent off for a second bookable offence. Despite this, Luton were able to secure a 2-2 draw.

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