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Irish Player Ratings: Callum Robinson On Fire, While Coleman Thrives

Irish Player Ratings: Callum Robinson On Fire, While Coleman Thrives

On what was a cracking weekend for our internationals, Callum Robinson was the standout player in his division, grabbing two goals and two assists in a Preston win. Elsewhere, Seamus Coleman starred as Everton trashed Manchester United, while Enda Stevens and Sheffield United took a big step towards promotion.

Take a look at the ratings in full:

Irish Player Ratings

Matt Doherty started for Wolves as they were held to 0-0 draw by Brighton. He impressed the Express & Star with his endeavour, getting a 6/10:

Ventured forward relentlessly, given he had little defensive work to do, but either he wasn't picked out in a good position, or his final ball wasn't quite there. Had a decent second half chance when he headed goalwards but it was cleared just ahead of the goal-line.

Shane Duffy started for the visitors, ending their recent wretched defensive record, getting an 8/10 from the Brighton & Hove Independent for a very strong display.

Cyrus Christie came off the bench as Fulham came away with a surprise 1-0 win at Bournemouth.

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Shane Long was also used as a substitute as Southampton fell to a 3-1 defeat at Newcastle.

Everton produced the result of the weekend, hammering a hapless Manchester United 4-0 at Goodisson Park. Seamus Coleman captained the side on the day, getting an 8/10 from the Liverpool Echo for a very strong showing:

After being given a hard time by Anthony Martial at Old Trafford earlier this season, Coleman was clearly out for revenge today.

His work in defence was brilliant, and his efforts to get forward and transition his side into attack was a crucial aspect of the whole performance.

In the Championship, Callum Robinson was the standout player in the division as he scored two cracking goals in Preston's 4-0 win over Ipswich. Sit back and enjoy these two beauties:

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He also grabbed two assists, and was rated at 8/10 by the Lanchashire Evening Post. Sean Maguire was also in fine fettle in that one, getting an 8/10 as he starred in a slightly deeper role.

Alan Judge started for the visitors but was unable to make much of an impact, getting a 5/10 from the East Anglian Daily Times.

Sheffield United grabbed a huge win over Nottingham Forest to rise into the automatic promotion places, with Enda Stevens getting on the scoresheet. He scored the clinching goal late on with this cracking finish.

Stevens got a 9/10 from The Star for a man-of-the-match, calling him the best left back in the Championship. He just pipped David McGoldrick to the award, who was also given a 9/10. Scott Hogan came off the bench in that one as well.

Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams were the centre back partnership as Blackburn defeated QPR 2-0. Both players got an 8/10 from the Lancashire Telegraph, who mentioned that Lenihan looks like 'a Rovers captain in waiting'.

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Middlesbrough moved back into the promotion places after a 1-0 win over Stoke City, with Darren Randolph being rated at 6/10 from the Teeside Gazette for what was a very quiet afternoon.

James McClean started at left wing back for Stoke, getting a 7/10 from the Stoke Sentinel for an industrious display.

Richard Keogh grabbed a rare goal as Derby City drew 2-2 with Birmingham City, popping up with this strong header.

Depsite this, he was only rated at 5/10 by the Derby Telegraph, with this result leaving his side three points off the playoff places with a game in hand.

Aston Villa recorded an astounding ninth win on the trot, with Glenn Whelan stating the game and getting a 7/10 from the Birmingham Mail for a typically solid display. Conor Hourihane came off the bench in that one.

James Collins scored a penalty as Luton Town cemented their place at the top of League One with a convincing 3-0 over Accrington Stanley. That result puts them five points lear with three games to play.

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Gary Connaughton

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